Regional Experience Sharing Meeting on Advocacy

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Welcome to Regional Experience Sharing Meeting of Advocacy against section 377:

Welcome to Regional Experience Sharing Meeting of Advocacy against section 377

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Founded in 1996 with two staff in Kakrail, Dhaka to provide sexual health services for MSM Received registration from Social Welfare and NGO bureau in 1997 First donor The Royal Norwegian Embassy (1997-2004) and then UNDP, CARE-Bangladesh and scaling up by USAID/FHI in October 2000 Advocacy initiatives started by support from DFID/MJF in 2006 BSWS lobbied with GOB to include MSM & Hijra/TG issues in National policy and National Strategic Plan in 1997 Part of National Surveillance since 1997 First GOB support enabled May 2007 Currently implementing programme in 14 areas in Bangladesh Current employees over 200 Background

Current Mission, Vision & Goals:

Current Mission, Vision & Goals Mission Statement: Bandhu Social Welfare Society works toward the well-being of stigmatized and socially-excluded males and their partners, by providing sexual health services and supporting human rights and livelihoods. Vision Statement: Bandhu Social Welfare Society envisions a society in Bangladesh where every person, irrespective of their gender and sexuality, is able to access quality health care services and support for their human rights.


Goals Prevention of the further spread of STIs/HIV and sexual & reproductive health Protection of the human rights of MSM & Hijra / Transgender (TG) Development BSWS as a MSM and Hijra / TG technical resource organization Strengthening organizational capacity

Breakdown of Work:

Breakdown of Work Community development and response: Provision of safe spaces for community development and mobilising to respond to the HIV crisis and provide appropriate health care services. Outreach and community building services Health education Distribution of sexual health products Knowledge generation Capacity building Networking, information dissemination, policy development and advocacy

Breakdown of work cont..:

Breakdown of work cont.. Social welfare and support services Social support services Psychosexual and psychosocial counselling Livelihood skills programme Health care services STI management and general health treatment services HIV voluntary testing and counselling Care and support services Referrals for ARV access and other health services

Service Model:

Service Model Through Six Integrated Departments as Training and Capacity Building Policy, Advocacy & Communication Research and M&E Finance Prevention & Care HR & Admin

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Advocacy Initiatives National Level Working with media both print and Electronic Formation of Journalist Forum Work with District Level Lawyers Group and intended formation of Central Committee of DLLG Formation of National Task Force on HIV and Human Rights of MSM & TG Round Table meeting with different pressure groups Regional Development Regional Network (SAMAN) Part of APCOM International Level Working with UNDP to develop Gender Guideline

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