What we do

We’re leading innovative health and human rights projects that address the needs of men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in Asia and the Pacific.






Programme Highlights

  • Strengthening organisational systems
  • Enhancing the capacity of communities and stakeholders
  • Improving advocacy initiatives for securing equal opportunities
  • Generating evidence through research and strategic information

Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme

Community systems strengthening initiative targeting prominent community advocates in South Asia

We’re partnering with the Global Fund and Save the Children (Nepal) to build the capacity of community organisations across South Asia.

Initiated in 2011, the Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (MSA) is a regional HIV programme operating in seven countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The overall goal of the Programme is to reduce the impact of, and vulnerability to, HIV of men who have sex with men (MSM), hijras and transgender people through Community Systems Strengthening (CSS). In Afghanistan, the programme focuses on HIV prevention services for men with high risk behaviour.

The Programme, currently in its third phase, is supported by a $16.7 million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and will run until 2018. Led by Save the Children – Nepal (the Principle Recipient of the Grant), MSA promotes and protects the rights of key populations of MSM and transgender people and is building a foundation to ensure that regional and country-level community networks continue to be an essential partner in the HIV response. It focuses on strengthening community systems to improve coordination with local governments and health care providers, deliver concentrated and quality capacity development support, and provide technical assistance to ensure high intervention impact and sustainability.

As a regional Sub-Recipient of the Grant, APCOM carries out a mandate to support high-level regional and national-level policy development and advocacy, technical support and research activities. At the national and sub-national level, community strengthening and advocacy activities are directly implemented by the following community Sub-Recipient organisations:

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