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.
- Gathering epidemiological and behavioural data
- Generating evidence-based advocacy product
- Influencing policy makers
- Community strengthening system
Community-led research and advocacy project to generate information and to improve access of young gay men to HIV services
We strive to improve the development and availability of epidemiological and behavioural data needed to strengthen advocacy on better quality and wider reach of HIV services for young gay men.
Funded by 5% Initiative led by Expertise France, PULSE comprehends a 3-year long initiative encompassing research, community capacity strengthening and advocacy effort that aims to improve the lives of young gay and bisexual men and other young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Five countries of Greater Mekong are selected in the pilot phase of the project: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
PULSE will generate the strategic region-wide epidemiological and behavioural data on YMSM from each country and convert them into fact-driven and evidence-based advocacy products to aid the countries’ National AIDS Programmes and other Global Fund-funded interventions. The survey is expected to be launched in November 2017, and preliminary findings are envisioned to be achieved in January 2018. Simultaneously with the operational research activities, the initiative will also build the capacity of the community organisations leading the research and the advocacy efforts.
Together with the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Mahidol University of Thailand, as the project’s research institution partner, PULSE’s country community partners comprise of Bandanh Chaktomuk (BC) of Cambodia, Myanmar Youth Stars (MYS), Lao Positive Health Association (LaoPHA), Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand (RSAT), Vietnam Network of MSM and Transgender (VN-MSMTG).
Gathering epidemiological and behavioural data
Generating evidence-based advocacy product
Influencing policy makers
Community strengthening system