"Strengthening Community Systems to Reduce Vulnerability to and Impact of HIV Infection on MSMs and TGs in Insular South East Asia"
In 2010, the Insular Southeast Asian Network on MSM, TG, and HIV (ISEAN) and the Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos) jointly submitted a regional proposal to the Global Fund for AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis (GFATM) Round 10. The programme, entitled â€˜Strengthening Community Systems to Reduce Vulnerability to and Impact of HIV infection on MSM and TG in Insular Southeast Asiaâ€™, was approved by GFATM and contract for the grant was signed on 6 October 2011.
Its goal is to reduce the vulnerability and risks of MSM and TG to HIV infection and the impact of HIV on their lives in Insular Southeast Asia. It intends to address critical gaps in supporting and scaling up activities that reduce HIV/AIDS among MSMs and TGs. The Grant Agreement was approved by Global Fund and the contract for the grant was signed on 6 October, 2011. This grant, has since then been called, the ISEAN- Hivos Program.
Objectives of the ISEAN-Hivos Program
- To strengthen the capacity of Community Based organizations (CBOs) and healthcare providers to improve the delivery of HIV related services for MSMs and TGs.
- To improve the enabling environment and strategic advocacy regarding MSM, TG, and HIV related issues.
- To improve the development and utilization of strategic information on MSM, TG, and HIV towards strengthening national responses.
- To promote the strategic use of ICT and media to effectively scale up the HIV response among MSM and TG.