The Avahan III 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 & funding 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 :
At an individual level, reducing vulnerabilities to HIV (which affect risks) and
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. Institutional Development Services (IDS).
2. Social protection.
3. Safety, Security & Justice
4. Financial security.
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.