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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
Provision to provide advance counseling
Inclusive of violence and trauma, mental
health and psychological aspects.
Legal help and life skills education.
ART adherence barriers assessments.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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