SHOWCASE January 23, 2016

Spotlight: Bandhu Social Welfare Society

Similar to APCOM’s vision, Bandhu Social Welfare Society envisions a Bangladesh where every person, irrespective of their gender and sexuality, is able to lead a quality life with dignity, human rights and social justice.

Bandhu Social Welfare Society, often called Bandhu, has more than 19 years of experience implementing health and rights-based programmes and projects through multiple funding agencies focusing on issues related to marginalized sexual and gender minorities. HIV prevention interventions for MSM and transgender populations has always been the focus area of the organization, with HIV preventive services first conducted in 1997. Bandhu has also been implementing Global Fund-supported HIV prevention interventions for MSM and transgender populations since 2009.

Bandhu’s current geographical coverage of the programme in 22 districts of major divisions of the country brings about more than 19,000 MSM and TG populace under service safety net through 34 field offices. As a part of community system strengthening efforts, Bandhu has been working towards capacity building of 23 MSM and transgender community-based organizations (CBOs). Under the Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme in which APCOM acts as regional sub-recipient, Bandhu has also been providing technical support to their CBO partners to equip them to seek and receive HIV preventive services from state and non-state opportunities.

To learn more about Bandhu, visit their website at http://www.bandhu-bd.org/