Alliance India at ICAAP 11 (November 17-22, 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)

Blog2India HIV/AIDS Alliance is excited to be part of ICAAP 11. You are warmly invited to attend our sessions and learn more about our work in India to improve the AIDS response for communities most affected by the epidemic, including MSM, transgenders and hijras; female sex workers; people who inject drugs, and PLHV from all demographics.

Alliance India staff, board members and representatives from our partner organisations will participate in a range of sessions including pre-conference meetings, skills building workshops, oral presentations, poster exhibits and press conferences.

Please download our roadmap of sessions at ICAAP that include Alliance India team members or discussions of our work. It includes a full list of our 31 posters describing our responses to a range of key priorities in India’s epidemic. Please also visit our Community Booth (#C3) to learn more about our work.

The conference takes place at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC) from November 17-22 in Bangkok, Thailand.

APCOM Pre-Conference on MSM and Transgender Issues in Asia and the Pacific

– FOREPLAY: The Final Push Toward the Three Zeroes: Nov. 17, 8.30am–5.30pm, QSNCC

Community Forum

 – Nov. 18, 8.30am–5.00pm, QSNCC

Community Booth & Marketplace

 – Alliance India Community Booth (#C3): Nov. 19: 4-7pm; Nov. 20-21: 9 am-9pm; Nov. 22: 9am-3pm. Zone CG

Oral Presentations

– Reaching the Hard-to-Reach: Engagement & Facilitation as Research Strategies with Sexual Minorities: Nov. 20, 3:45-5:15pm, Hall H

– Building Capacity of MSM & TG CBOs to Partner with Government HIV Prevention Interventions in India: Nov. 20, 3:45-5:15pm, Hall H

Poster Discussion

 – Cervical Cancer Awareness in Women Living with HIV: Findings from the Koshish Baseline in India: Nov. 22, 12:45-1:45pm, Plaza

Skills Building Workshops

– Me and My Partner’ – A Community-Based Skill Building Training on Positive Prevention for Key Populations: Nov. 20, 1:15-4:15pm, Hall P

– Equal Access/Equal Rights: Empowering transgender communities through advocacy, mobilization, and capacity building under the Pehchan program: Nov. 20, 4:15-7:15 pm, Hall K

– Strengthening Community Systems for MSM, Transgender and Hijra Populations in India: The Pehchan Training Curriculum in Action: Nov. 21, 4:15-7:15pm, Hall O

– Beyond My Infection: A workshop to build capacities of PLHIV and Key Populations as advocates on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR): Nov. 22, 10am-1pm, Hall O

 Press Conferences

 – Engagement & Facilitation as Research Strategies with Sexual Minorities: Nov. 20, 2-3pm, Press Conference Room

– Building capacity of MSM & TG CBOs to partner with Government HIV prevention interventions in India: Nov. 22, 2-3pm, Press Conference Room

We’ll update Facebook, Twitter and our blog every day with details of our activities, including documents to view online or download. We look forward to connecting with you at ICAAP in Bangkok!

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Technical Support for a Stronger HIV Response in South Asia

The Alliance Regional Technical Support Hub, South Asia team in New Delhi. (Photo by Shaleen Rakesh for the South Asia Hub)

The Alliance Regional Technical Support Hub, South Asia team in New Delhi. (Photo by Shaleen Rakesh for the South Asia Hub)

A transgender from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, Padmini takes pride in her role as a Technical Support Provider (TSP) for Alliance India’s Koshish programme. Supported by European Commission, Koshish advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and key populations in India. She enjoys a sense of satisfaction as she supports community-based organisations (CBOs) for men who have sex with men, sex workers and transgenders in her home state, helping them take their advocacy agenda on SRHR forward. She makes regular technical support visits to these CBOs and provides them handholding support in organisational development.

Padmini is one of the many TSPs trained by the Alliance Regional Technical Support Hub for South Asia (South Asia Hub) through the Koshish programme. Working with CBOs to identify candidates from key population groups with potential to be good trainers, the Hub has developed a pool of TSPs for Koshish by working with community members like Padmini. With ongoing backstopping to the TSPs, the Hub ensures that the technical support provided is of good quality and meets the needs of programme CBOs. The model encourages TSPs to build on their own experiences and training to further transfer their knowledge and skills to CBOs. This approach has demonstrated measurable results in improving the capacity of CBOs to advocate for SRHR programming for PLHIV and key populations.

Serving a range of clients from different sectors, the technical support provided by the South Asia Hub is based on a philosophy the emphasizes long-term technical assistance, local capacity building, and effective transfer of skills. Stressing South-to-South cooperation, the Hub contributes to the development of organisations able to have a sustained impact on challenges in HIV/AIDS and public health. For example, the South Asia Hub has been engaged by donors like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and GIZ to provide technical assistance to their grant recipients to improve performance.

In diverse contexts and settings across nine countries in the region, the South Asia Hub offers technical support solutions in organisational development, programme implementation, financial & grant management, monitoring & evaluation, and research. In response to the specific needs of each assignment, the Hub follows a thorough and participatory process, which includes active engagement with the client to develop clear terms of reference; sourcing an appropriate consultant or team; management of contracts and logistics; consultant supervision; and the development of deliverables that reflect our commitment to excellence.

To learn more about the South Asia Hub and our work, please visit our website or mail us at


The author of this blog Amit Kumar Pandey is Technical Officer, Alliance Regional Technical Support Hub, South Asia.

The Alliance Regional Technical Support Hub for South Asia was established to build the capacity of civil society organisations, government and the private sector in the region to respond more effectively and efficiently to HIV/AIDS. The South Asia Hub primarily serves nine countries in South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The South Asia Hub is part of the global technical support network set up by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance that leverages the Alliance’s implementation and capacity building expertise from around the world. In South Asia, we draw on the experience of a range of regional partners and on a pool of proven consultants who reflect our commitment to excellence and impact.