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Solidarity and Action Against The HIV Infection in India (SAATHII)

SAATHII, founded in 2000, is a national non-profit organization that works towards universal access to health care in India, with a focus on HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

Headquartered in Chennai, SAATHII has offices in seven states of India; and provides training, technical assistance, information sharing, operations research and advocacy support to organizations across government, private and civil society sectors. SAATHII also runs an international mailing list to share information and scientific updates with its stakeholders.

American Jewish World Service

AJWS is an independent not-for-profit organization founded in 1985 to help alleviate poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the world regardless of race, religion or nationality. It breathes life into Judaism's imperative to pursue justice and helps American Jews act upon a deeply felt obligation to improve the chances for survival, economic independence and human dignity for all people.

The inspiration for AJWS' work is drawn from the demand for social justice expressed in traditional Jewish sources. AJWS is a Jewish response to the needs of communities throughout the globe, regardless of race, religion or nationality.

Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS)

Programme Objectives (Long Term)

  • Prevent spread of HIV infection.
  • Establishment of effective programme management at all levels.
  • Provision of technical and operational support.
  • To mobilise community support to restrict transmission by conventional methods.

Programme Objectives (Short term):

  • Strengthen Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinics to facilitate HIV/ AIDS Surveillance.
  • Modernise Blood Banks to facilitate HIV testing.
  • Strengthening of HIV/AIDS surveillance and prevention activities.
  • Human Resource Development to manage HIV infected and AIDS patients.
  • To create awareness about HIV transmission and its control.
  • Promote safety of blood and blood products.
  • Organise social support to HIV/AIDS patients.

Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre

The Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre is one of four regional centres of the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, UK. It is the youth development and empowerment wing of the Commonwealth Secretariat. The CYP is the only international, intergovernmental agency devoted entirely to youth development.

CYP Asia Centre envisions a society in which young women and men are empowered to develop their full potential and are able to maximize their participation in development and democracy, shaping the present and future of their communities and societies.

CYP Asia Centre’s mission is to provide young citizens of the Commonwealth with critical knowledge, skills and opportunities effectively in the development and governance of their communities and societies.

International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW)

The International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW), a registered UK charity, is the only international network run for and by HIV positive women. ICW was founded in response to the desperate lack of support, information and services available to women living with HIV worldwide and the need for these women to have influence and input on policy development. ICW was formed by a group of HIV positive women from many different countries attending the 8th International Conference on AIDS held in Amsterdam in July 1992.

Vision: A world where all HIV positive women:

  • Have a respected and meaningful involvement at all political levels- local, national, regional, and international - where decisions that affect our lives are being made
  • Have full access to care and treatment
  • Enjoy full rights (particularly those relating to sexual, reproductive, legal, financial and general health) irrespective of culture, age, religion, sexuality, social or economic status/class and race.

National AIDS Control Organization

The first few HIV/AIDS cases in India were reported in 1986. HIV/AIDS was already widespread in Africa by this time, and was spreading rapidly to other countries. The government recognized the seriousness of the problem and took a series of important measures to tackle the epidemic, a pilot screening of high-risk populations. A high powered National AIDS Committee was constituted the same year (1986) and a National AIDS Control Programme was launched in 1987.

To strengthen management at the state level, the state governments established their own managerial organizations which include the State AIDS Control Societies (formerly, State AIDS Cells), technical advisory committees and empowered committees as per the guidelines of the strategic plan. State AIDS Cells were created in all the 32 States and Union Territories of the country for the effective implementation and management of the National AIDS Control Programme.

Tamil Nadu State Aids Control Society (TNSACS)

The State AIDS Project Cell was formed in January 1993 and was initially under the control of the Director of Medical Education, Chennai. It was re-constituted as the Tamil Nadu State Aids Control Society (TNSACS) and registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, with effect from 11/5/1994, to tackle AIDS in a more effective manner. Its President was the secretary of the Health and Family Welfare Department, and its Secretary cum Project Director was a senior I.A.S officer.

After its registration in May 1994, the State AIDS Control Society’s activities commenced in full swing, with the guidance and support of its Executive Committee, Technical Advisory Committee and Ethical Scientific Committee constituted by the government.

The main components, strategies and intervention under the AIDS Control Programme are as follows:

  • Blood Safety and Training
  • Targeted Intervention
  • Control of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
  • Information, Education and Communication
  • Care and Support for AIDS patients
  • Training
  • Sentinel Surveillance
  • Programme Management
  • Advocacy and Social Mobilization.

The India Canada Collaborative HIV/AIDS Project (ICHAP)

ICHAP is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and aims to contribute to India’s efforts to slow the progression of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and mitigate the impact of the epidemic in vulnerable individuals and groups. The purpose is to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Karnataka and Rajasthan State AIDS Prevention/control societies and their implementing partners, as well as the National AIDS Control Organization and selected Technical resource groups, to plan, design, implement and evaluate initiatives related to the Government of India’s National AIDS Control project-Phase II.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, is the main advocate for global action on the epidemic. It leads, strengthens and supports an expanded response aimed at preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV/AIDS, and alleviating the impact of the epidemic.

An effective global response to AIDS through:

  • Leadership and advocacy for effective action on the epidemic.
  • Strategic information to guide efforts against AIDS worldwide.
  • Tracking, monitoring and evaluation of the epidemic and of responses to it.
  • Civil society engagement and partnership development.
  • Mobilization of resources to support an effective response.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997, UNODC has approximately 500 staff members worldwide. Its headquarters are in Vienna and it has 21 field offices as well as a liaison office in New York. UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism

Three pillars of the UNODC work programme:

  • Research and analytical work to increase knowledge and understanding of drugs and crime issues and expand the evidence-base for policy and operational decisions;
  • Normative work to assist States in the ratification and implementation of the international treaties, the development of domestic legislation on drugs, crime and terrorism, and the provision of secretariat and substantive services to the treaty-based and governing bodies; and
  • Field–based technical cooperation projects to enhance the capacity of Member States to counteract illicit drugs, crime and terrorism.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized.

UNICEF believes that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

The United Nations Development Fund for Women was created in 1976, in response to a call from women's organizations attending the 1975 UN First World Conference on Women in Mexico City. UNIFEM is the women's fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies that promote women's human rights, political participation and economic security. Within the UN system, UNIFEM promotes gender equality and links women's issues and concerns to national, regional and global agendas by fostering collaboration and providing technical expertise on gender mainstreaming and women's empowerment strategies.

Today, UNIFEM works in over 100 countries and has 14 Regional Programme Directors and a growing network of affiliated gender advisors and specialists in Africa, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme is the UN's global development network. Since HIV/AIDS is a world-wide problem, UNDP supports national efforts by offering knowledge, resources and best practices from around the world.


  • Advocates for placing HIV/AIDS at the centre of national planning and budgets
  • Helps build national capacity to manage initiatives that include people and institutions not usually involved with public heath
  • Promotes decentralized responses that support community-level action.

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)

VSO is an international development charity that works through volunteers. VSO's vision is a world without poverty in which people work together to fulfil their potential. VSO brings people together to share skills, creativity and learning to build a fairer world.

VSO recruits volunteers from an ever increasing range of countries, backgrounds and ages. VSO has worked in India since 1958, reopening its programme in 1994 after a 20 year gap. Since 1994, over 115 volunteers have been placed with over 80 NGOs in 15 different states of India.

VSO India is an organisation committed to adopting a rights-based approach in all our programmes and activities, and fundamental to this is addressing the rights of disadvantaged people, including disabled people and people with HIV/AIDS, to equal access to development opportunities and to participate in decision making processes which affect their lives. In this way, VSO India develops partnerships and places volunteers with Indian NGOs in the sectors of disability and HIV/AIDS, and participates in governance.

VSO is active in the states of West Bengal, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Delhi.

Buds of Christ

Buds of Christ, a care and support organisation for children living with and orphaned by HIV/AIDS, was formed to respond to the health, education and livelihood concerns of children affected by the epidemic. Envisioned in 2002, it is a registered charitable trust with its secretariat in Chennai, Tamilnadu. It is founded and managed by social workers having over a decade of experience working with People Living With HIV and AIDS in India.

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