UNDP-Supported Legal Aid Services - For People living with HIV in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh31 Aug 2009
The report assesses the success of an intervention by UNDP and the National AIDS Control Organisation in setting up legal aid clinics for people living with HIV in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
In 2007, seven Legal Aid Clinics (LACs) for people living with HIV were set up in seven high prevalence districts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
The goal of this pilot intervention under the UNDP-NACO partnership was to strengthen human rights by giving free legal aid to HIV positive people.
An overwhelming majority of people in need of legal services were women, many of whom were young AIDS widows fi ghting destitution and poverty. Positive people’s major issues were around property rights, maintenance, custody of children, fi ghting stigma and discrimination.