India is the third-largest HIV positive populated country in the world. Our battle with HIV/AIDS is led by some wonderful organizations led by volunteers working on the ground level, going door to door to spread the word, and the needed awareness. It is because of the efforts of these organizations that India has been praised for its extensive anti-AIDS campaigns.
In 2017 the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) estimated that 2.14 million people lived with HIV/AIDS in India, with most infections among people injecting drugs, Men who have sex with Men (MSM), Transgenders/Hijras, Migrant workers, Truck drivers, Female sex workers, and Junkies.
On this International AIDS Awareness Day, we decided to create a list of ten organizations, working on eradicating, creating awareness, and helping people/families/children with AIDS. We are hoping to share these resources with everyone and crowdsource more of these details. If you have access to any information about resources of this kind, please comment on the details below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to add to this page.
✓ #1 AHF India Cares
AHF India Cares started operations in India in the year 2004, serving the nation with free HIV testing, Care, Support, and Treatment services. A pioneer in Community based HIV Testing (CBT) model in India, AHF India Cares showcased the CBT model that led to the country adopting the CBT model recently. AHF India Cares rolled out 1.6 million free community-based HIV testing and more than 10,000 new HIV positive cases were identified, thereby complimenting the National AIDS response. Ever since, AHF India Cares has emerged as a pre-eminent HIV Care organization in India by expanding clinical services to Panvel, Navi Mumbai and thus offering free care, support, and treatment services to more than 2000 people living with HIV.
AHF India Cares also leads the Indian Civil Society advocacy efforts on multiple issues like drug patents, drug prices, affordable treatment for HIV, HCV, and TB, rights and entitlements of PLHIV, sustainable funding for HIV programs, and protection of rights for women’s / marginalized/ LGBTQI communities.
✓ #2 Alliance India
Alliance India’s programs foster wellbeing, realize equality, and affirm the dignity of communities most affected by HIV/AIDS.
Founded in 1999, Alliance India is a non-governmental organization operating in partnership with civil society, government, and communities to support sustained responses to HIV in India that protect rights and improve health. Complementing the Indian national programme, we build capacity, provide technical support, and advocate to strengthen the delivery of effective, innovative, community-based HIV programmes to vulnerable populations affected by the epidemic.
An independent national NGO managed and governed wholly in India, Alliance India is also an accredited member of the global network of Linking Organisations of the Frontline AIDS.
Website – http://www.allianceindia.org/
✓ #3 End AIDS India
End AIDS India is a campaign by Alliance India to create awareness and mobilize resources to fund the HIV response program in India to accelerate the response to the HIV epidemic in India.
✓ #4 Naz India
The Naz Foundation (India) established in 1994 by Anjali Gopalan, started it’s work with addressing issues of HIV/AIDS and Sexuality.
Over the years, Naz has conducted thousands of sessions to help individuals and community-based organisations understand sexuality and mainstream HIV in their programmes. Naz has worked to strengthen the care and support services provided to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) as well as counseling and referral for the LGBTQIA+ community. In 2001, it set up one of the first homes for orphan children living with HIV/AIDS in Delhi.
The years of intense HIV prevention work made Naz clear that adolescent girls and young women were among the most vulnerable to be infected with HIV. Therefore, in 2006, Naz piloted adolescent girls and young women’s empowerment programme using sport and life skills to empower adolescent girls from economically marginalized communities. Over the years, Naz has consolidated its work in the thematic areas of health (HIV and sexuality), gender, and rights.
✓ #5 Neptune Foundation
Neptune Foundation believes that “help is never too much help”. With the help of passionate volunteers, they actively work towards empowering society. By undertaking activities like HIV Nutrition Project, rehabilitation of mentally ill destitute, Old age home, etc. They aim to fulfill the fundamental needs of food, shelter & clothes. They continuously strive to reach more people every day. It is our mission to help the suffering and the needy for their upliftment.
Website – https://www.neptunefoundationindia.org/
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/NeptuneFoundationIndia/ Twitter- @NF_india
✓ #6 SAATHII
SAATHII works to increase access to rights, stigma-free and inclusive health/legal/educational/social services through community support, information dissemination, networking, operational research, advocacy, training, and other technical assistance services.
National AIDS Control Organization is a division of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare that provides leadership to HIV/AIDS control programs in India through 35 HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Societies.
In 1986, following the detection of the first AIDS case in the country, the National AIDS Committee was constituted in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
As the epidemic spread, the need was felt for a nationwide programme and an organization to steer the programme. In 1992 India’s first National AIDS Control Programme (1992-1999) was launched, and National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) was constituted to implement the programme.
✓ #8 Suraksha Clinic
Formerly Designated STI/RTI Clinics are a chain of STI/RTI Clinics. These clinics are established by the National AIDS Control Organisation for better health services and for the prevention of HIV/AIDS in India. Established in 71 District Hospitals, 10 Medical Colleges, and 5 District Female Hospitals in the state. These clinics are associated with the dermatology department in these Govt. hospitals and Govt. medical colleges so as to cater to the need for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections and reproductive tract infections.
✓ #9 Snehalaya
Snehalaya means ‘Home of Love’, and was founded in 1989 to provide support for women, children, and LGBT communities, who have been affected by HIV and AIDS, trafficking, sexual violence, and poverty. We operate in Ahmednagar, a town and district in the agricultural region of Maharashtra, India, and provide services to over 15,000 beneficiaries annually.
✓ #10 Kripa Foundation
Kripa Foundation, affiliated with the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE), is the largest NGO working in the field of Addiction and HIV AIDS. It had humble beginnings in a Church Annex in Bandra in 1981 with one Priest, an Alcoholic, a Doctor, and 3 patients. Since then this Public Charitable Trust has spread to 21 Centres all over India and Collaborative Centres in the West. It is also the Regional Resource Centre (RRCT) in the Northeast of India.
We applaud their work and everyone else who has made India a safer place. While these were just our top 10, there are many organizations and individuals who are doing great work. We apologize if we missed any of them, and would love to learn more about them. If you think we missed anyone, please let us know at email@example.com, and don’t forget to share this list with them as well.
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