Support to Expand Coverage and Impact of National Response for Sexual Minorities

What is the Project About

What is the project about
Photo: Farhatullah Beig/UNDP India

In partnership with the National AIDS Control Organisation, the project aims to strengthen community systems that reach MSM, hijra and transgender communities and relevant health system resources. It also seeks to increase awareness on advocacy-related efforts for sexual minorities.

What Have We Accomplished So Far

What have we accomplished so far
  • Prioritization of interventions for transgenders and hijras by NACO has resulted in the development of operational guidelines for transgender-specific interventions by UNDP and DFID TAST

  • Close to 5,000 MSM and transgenders have received a comprehensive package of HIV-related services

  • Benchmarks for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (GFATM) India project ‘Pehchan,’ which is now reaching out to over 5,00,000 MSM and transgenders across the country, have been developed

  • Inputs to national curriculum for outreach and peer education have enabled greater awareness amongst frontline workers of over 200 targeted interventions by NACO on the needs of sexual minorities

  • Transgender is a separate category in the 2011 Census of India. An Election Commission directive has also enabled transgenders to vote under a separate gender category – ‘others’

  • State Legal Aid Services Authorities are now mandated to provide free legal aid to transgenders

  • A comprehensive range of over 20 knowledge products on sexual minority groups developed. These provide a better understanding of successful community-based HIV interventions for sexual minorities in India

Funding Support by

Donor Name Amount Contributed
UNDP US$ 600,000
UNAIDS US$ 1,019,232

Expenditure in Previous Fiscal Year

Year Amount
2011 US$ 504,215
Project Overview
Project Start Date:
Jan 2011
Estimated End Date:
December 2011
Geographic Coverage:
Focus Area:
HIV and Development
Goal 6- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Project Officer:
Ms Alka Narang
National AIDS Control Organisation
  • Sexual minorities such as MSM and transgenders are significantly affected by HIV in India
  • Nearly 5,000 MSM and transgenders have received a comprehensive package of HIV-related services as part of the project
  • Benchmarks for GFATM India project ‘Pehchan,’ reaching out to 5,00,000 MSM and TGs, developed
  • 2011 Census of India recognizes transgender as a separate category for enumeration. As a result of advocacy, transgenders are also allowed to vote under a separate gender category- ‘others’
  • State Legal Services Authorities are mandated to provide free legal aid to transgenders