"Incredible India, Invest in Communities!"
07 April 2015
Our Executive Director, Alvaro Bermejo, recently met with leaders of community responses to HIV from across the world.
“We had decided the 2015 meeting would be in India, a country that has led the way developing the generic anti-retroviral drugs that keep millions alive, a country that has taught us how to mobilise and provide services to key populations (sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender and hijras, drug users) at scale.”
His reflections are published on his blog on the Huffington Post where he laments how despite having led the way “India's efforts to combat HIV are currently going through a rough old time of it.”
Abhina Aher, a programme manager with India HIV/AIDS Alliance and who belongs to the hijra community, said: "Sexual minorities are not being given enough support and face harassment because of punitive laws which have huge implications for the HIV response towards most at risk populations.”
Read his blog which outlines the reasons why, in full here.