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Annual Report 2014-2015

Annual Report 2014 - 2015
Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam Salem District,

About us
Ensuring quality life of TG/MSM by enhancing basic human rights, quality health care, reduced stigma and discrimination and access to all the services provided by the government.
STNS aims to provide support towards MSM and TG led organization on peer led community driven initiatives in advocating related policy environment at local or national level.
1. To identify the needs of the poor and vulnerable transgender community and rectifying them.
2. To improve the physical & psychological well-being of the transgender community.
3. To address violence in the major areas including: - Sexual rights Harassment - violence in view of gender identity - Denial of basic human rights including health care - Denial of social justice
4. To prevent STI/HIV/AIDS among MSM/
Transgender and their sexual partners.
5. To avail government social protection programmes.
6. To improve savings habits.
7. To Develop resources for ensuring community led intervention and social mobilization to bring sustainable change and to improve the CBO system to sustain the CBO ownership for sustainability the project

From the Desk of Chair

2014-2015 has been a dynamic year for us with full of development activities and I am happy to present before you the annual highlights of this year. It is a matter of great pride that STNS more than 2500 members are registered in our organization. The development activities in STNS are made possible by support and efforts from our funding partners, friends, and well-wishers. You have demonstrated real commitment to safe guard the dignity of the underserved in our society.
STNS continue to implement the target intervention programme among MSM/TG with the financial support from Tamilnadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS), Social protection program technically supported by Swasti funded by AVAHAN and Pehchan project technically supported by SIAAP which is funded by India HIV/AIDS Alliance, New Delhi. Our efficiency in the implementation of the project helped us to continue the program till the end of 2015.
I would like to express my gratitude to our dedicated Board of Members and our staff team members. We look to you to support and guide us in our journey making changes in the lives of thousands of underprivileged we work with. Yours Sincerely, Director


1. STNS’s year at a glance... ………………………..….01
2. Social Protection Programme …………………...…02
3. Pehchan ………….………..………………..………….04
4. Targetted Intervention Prevention Project.......….05
5. Transgenders Day……..……………………..………..08
6. Housing & old age pension………………………….09
7. Making a real difference……….……….……………10
8. Our board members…………………………………...11

STNS’s year at a glance

Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam (STNS) is a community based organization formed in 2007 then re-registered as a society in 2012. The CBO had been carrying out the activities with the support from Tamil Nadu AIds InitiativesVoluntary Health Services (TAI-VHS), Chennai, Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society, Chennai, Individual donors and local support groups in Salem district.
Salem Aravanigal TAI Vizhudugal Trust (SATVT), is registered as CBO in the trust act on 2007 which works for the MSM (Men having sex with men) and TGs (Transgender). TAI project was started since April 2004 to implement the Target intervention for community members. The CBO was formed informally in July 2006 and registered as a CBO in July 2007. The CBO was supported financially by TAI since its inception and implementing the TI project at 10 Blocks of Salem.

SATVT got transitioned and started implementing the TI project with the financial support from TNSACS. It also gets the financial support through TAI-VHS for Social Protection Program. The CBO has the members from 20 Blocks and the current membership strength is more than 2000. SATVT comprise of nine executive members which includes five office bearers and 4 board members.
STNS working towards the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among the vulnerable population in the community and to provide quality services for their sexual health needs, lessen the overall incidents of STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections), HIV/AIDS through focused holistic interventions through enabling environment and empowering the community to seek safe sexual behavior.

The Social Protection Programme funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) focuses on HIV prevention among key population (men having sex with men and transgendered people. The programme is being implementing in Salem district since 2014 with the technical support from Swasti, Bangalore. Since 2014, STNS is leading the third phase of the Avahan Initiative. The aim of this phase is to sustain the HIV prevention impact achieved through earlier phases of Avahan. The programme is focusing to about 2000 vulnerable people.
The programme is directed towards achieving its two major priorities: i. At an individual level, reducing vulnerabilities to HIV (which affect risks) and ii. Strengthening community organizations to make them robust and sustainable.

The programme has four pillars that are mutually reinforcing. While the first three focuses on the individual (and eco system), the last one focuses on the organization (agency).
The four pillars are:
1. Safety, security and justice.
2. Social protection.
3. Financial security.
4. Community institution strengthening. The initiative seeks to ensure that the Avahan communities will be empowered to enjoy their rights as citizens, accessing services and supports with dignity, and have sustainable reduced their vulnerability to HIV, thereby certifying that the investment made has had a significant differential impact.

Under global round 9 the project Pehchan has been launched by Alliance India, Delhi and in association with SIAAP in Tamilnadu state to scale up the intervention among diversified MTH (MSM/TG/HIJDA) population with advance and enhanced services. With the help of sub recipients, “SIAAP” Pehchan Project has been initiated at STNS, Salem since 2013. The main objective of the project is strengthening HIV Prevention among MTH and focuses on advocacy and policy activities to create an enabling environment that offers easier access to specific services for MTH.

Key interventions are:
 Capacity building of the community and CBO.
 Provision to provide advance counseling services.
 Inclusive of violence and trauma, mental health and psychological aspects.
 Legal help and life skills education.
 ART adherence barriers assessments.
 HIV/STI services.
 Engaging stakeholders.

The overall goal of the fourth Phase of the NACP (2012- 2017) is to reduce new infections by 50% (2007 Baseline of NACP III) and Comprehensive care, support and treatment to all persons living with HIV/AIDS.
NACP IV has adopted an approach to consolidate the gains made in high prevalent states and intensify the response in low prevalent but highly vulnerable state.
The most cost-effective means of reducing HIV spread is through the implementation of Targeted Intervention (TIs) amongst persons most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, and injecting drug users known as core groups and truck drivers, migrants known as bridge population or bridge group.

The CBO Led TI covered 1100 core groups in 20 blocks of Salem District. The total TG population is 540. The key components of the programme are behavior change communication, condom promotion, community mobilization, referrals and linkages, management of STIs and providing enabling environment.

Both NACO and the State AIDS Control Societies place a high priority upon full coverage of the state with TIs and other prevention activities such as expanding access to STI services.
Under the funding support from Tamilnadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS), Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam (STNS)implementing the Targeted intervention program among FSW and MSM/TGswith the financial support from TAIVHS since 2009.

The CBO has a very good administrative structure to manage the programs.
 Volunteers - 40
 No. of full time staff - 45
 No of Peer Educators - 30
STNS created a crisis response/management system and conducted advocacy with key stakeholders/power structures response system and promoted legal rights.

STNS celebrated Transgenders day on 22nd March 2015. As part of the many innovative efforts, STNS organized Beauty contest – 2015 and inaugurated the orphanage centre.
The event created an opportunity to discuss about stigma, discrimination, violence, marginalization, ill treatment, denial of treatment, privacy, quality of life, access to the medical facilitates for the Transgender Community. The contest was inaugurated by renowned artists from cinema industry.

The event created an opportunity for the Transgender Community to showcase their talent and skills. It also created a platform to address the issues related to transgender.
It addressed the stigma, discrimination, marginalization and misconception related to Transgender community through the event with the support of Media.

 House for transgenders:

In a pioneering effort to solve the problems faced by transgender people, a group of Transgenders from STNS petitioned the District Collector, Thiru.
Sampath on “Grievance Day” urging to facilitate the 68 free constructed houses which are not to be approved and are not handed over to them. Transgender led by Pooja, President of STNS, urged the Collector for swift action as many of them living in poor condition, without their own house.
A total of 68 houses were constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.08 crores under the Indira Awass Yojana (IAY) in T.Konagapadi village in K.R. Thoppur in Tharamangalam Taluk. The District Collector assured to allot the houses for transgenders.

 Old-age pension:

Further Transgenders also urged for house patta. As many as 168 transgenders have not yet availed free land patta for their houses which was applied in the last year.

Our Board Members
STNS is a member driven organization with a collaborative, consensus based approach to identify and facilitate programmes and services that benefits the community.
It receives strategic guidance in fulfilling these objectives from the Governing Board, which is comprised of elected members from the leadership of STNS member as well as independent Board members.
Currently, STNS has 11 members that supports the broad goals of the organization and provides overall direction to its activities for ensuring the healthy and sustainable development of its community. The current composition of the Board is as under:
1. P. Pooja, President.
2. P. Manisha, Vice- President.
3. A. Gopika, Secretary.
4. K. Radhika, Joint Secretary.
5. G. Rasika, Treasurer
6. A. Saranya, Board Member
7. M. Yasini, Board Member
8. K. Muralikrishnan, Board Member
9. M. Stephen, Board Member
10. K. Indhu, Board Member
11. P. Banu Mohan, Board Member

Our Project Office

Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam (STNS)

No. 4/66, AS2A, Arthi Nagar,

2nd st, Narasodhipatti,

Salem – 636004. India

Phone: +91-427-2331310