The Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (MSA, second phase) is a regional HIV Programme that aims to reduce the impact of, and vulnerability to, HIV of men who have sex with men (MSM), hijras and transgender people across seven South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) through community systems strengthening (CSS). In Afghanistan, the programme focuses on HIV prevention services for men with high risk behaviour.
The Programme, currently in its third phase, is supported by a $16.7 million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and will run until 2018. Led by Save the Children – Nepal (the Principle Recipient of the Grant), MSA promotes and protects the rights of key populations of MSM and transgender people and is building a foundation to ensure that regional and country-level community networks continue to be an essential partner in the HIV response. It focuses on strengthening community systems to improve coordlination with local governments and health care providers, deliver concentrated and quality capacity development support, and provide technical assistance to ensure high intervention impact and sustainability.
The 4 days workshop in two batches was organized to reduce the impact of HIV among MSM and transgender population in South Asia. The workshop focus was to develop an understanding of all the relevant and emergent issues related to MSM and transgender population of South Asia region.
Partners In Progress, Consulting LLP, from India was invited to conduct the workshop in two batches, first batch from 12 -15 September and second batch from 18 to 21 September 2017, in Courtyard by Marriot hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop focused on addressing various relevant issues of HIV/AIDS programs amongst MSM/TG/HIJRA community in South Asia region.
Please find the Workshop report below