RFSU supported core project

RFSU/SIDA has been extending support to Bandhu in the core organizational activities in the areas of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of gender diverse population since 2014.

The support has been equipping Bandhu to efficiently implement its Strategic Plan and deliver desired outcomes with longer term effects. These have been meaningfully contributing to its efforts to fulfilling its mission of upholding SRH and human rights issues of the gender diverse populations in the country.

GFATM Country program under NFM/NFR: Continuation of HIV Prevention in Bangladesh

 Bandhu has been implemented the project “Continuation of HIV prevention in Bangladesh” aiming to reduce HIV transmission among ‘most-at-risk-populations’ (MARPs) in Bangladesh under the Global Fund support.

The project endeavor to ensure safer sex practices among MSM, MSW and Hijra in order to prevent HIV & AIDS and other STIs in 22 districts in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions through 34 service points including 15 drop-in-centers.

 Multi-country South Asia Global Fund HIV Program (MSA)

Multi-country South Asia program is supported by The Global Fund and it is being implemented in seven countries (Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka including APCOM (Asia pacific Coalition on Male Health) in Thailand.

In Bangladesh, Bandhu is implementing the grant with a focus on Community System Strengthening (CSS), Policy and Media Advocacy, Networking and Resource Mobilization for the sustainability of the Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

The overall goal of this program is to reduce the impact of HIV on MSM and TG populations in South Asia with the objective   to improve policy environment for effective HIV intervention for targeted population of the South Asian region.

 HIM STAR:

HIM STAR initiative is a part of Adolescent Key Population (AKP) intervention which also includes STI and HIV preventive services through referral mechanisms. The intervention is supported by UNICEF. The program is being implemented in two divisional cities (Khulna and Dhaka)

A total of 700 adolescent/young key populations of MSM and Transgender/hijra communities of Dhaka and Khulna will gradually be reached through direct outreach and voucher Scheme to bring this ignored adolescent and youth cluster of MARP under safety net with HTC, STI and general health coverage. The related SRHR intervention including knowledge enhancement, Counseling services and mental health support through innovative approaches are the integral part of the project.

 USAID’s Human Rights in Development Project:

With support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bangladesh, Bandhu has been implementing the project titled ‘Human Rights in Development’ (USAID’s HRID) since 15 June 2015.

The project works towards promoting and protecting the human rights issues of the gender diversified population in the country with a focus on creating a supportive social, policy and legal environment to enable the targeted population to more effectively respond to basic human rights in Bangladesh and exercise those rights, and to access state and non-state opportunities and services.

 Possibility:

Project Possibility was incepted in February 2014 with the mission to break the silence around SRHR and Women’s Sexuality topics. This is the first platform in Bangladesh that defends the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of women belonging to sexual and gender minority groups. Possibility is now implementing projects supported by FRI, South Asian Women Fund and Mama Cash.

 FRI

The key objective of this grant is to work for the rights and recognition of women belonging to gender diversified groups. In order to work towards the projects objectives, the group Shombhob is working with the goals of creating a strong community network, providing a safe space, creating an environment where information can be shared between members, enabling capacity building, counseling etc.

 South Asian Women Fund

The aim of this grant is to conduct capacity building programs to raise awareness and develop capacity of the gender and sexual diversified women’s, disseminate accurate information and strengthen networking between the central offices with divisional women’s community members.

The direct beneficiaries of this project are the gender and diversified women’s who are stigmatized and socially excluded and discriminated.

 Mama cash

This grant aims to build capacity of gender and sexual diversified women to strengthen their voice and ensure effective participation in the existing structure and system as well as to facilitate psychosocial, mental health counselling and legal aid support to this community for ensuring their basic human rights. Besides, the objective of this grant is to use innovative/cultural approaches (art & song) and consultations to create mass awareness, addressing public prejudices about sexual orientation and gender identity

 Right Here Right Now

Right Here Right Now (RHRN) is a strategic global partnership of 163 organizations active in ten countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America including the Caribbean sub region.

In Bangladesh Bandhu is the Host and Implementing organization of this Platform which

brings together an alliance and ten organizations with an aim to create conducive policy environment through multi-level advocacy drives for

  • Comprehensive Reproductive Health and Sexuality Education for youth and adolescent
  • Increase social tolerance towards gender expressions
  • Youth Friendly SRHR services

Rutgers-The Netherlands is the Executing Agency and ARROW-Malaysia is the Regional Partner of the RHRN Bangladesh Platform.

 SPORSHO: intervention for PLHIV

With the support of ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action, Bandhu has been implementing SPORSHO, a project to extend support Stigma and discrimination free environment for HIV infected and affected MSM and TG.

The project focuses on ensuring stigma & discrimination free environment for PLHIV,  increasing  awareness & knowledge of PLHIV on treatment adherence and healthy life style and sensitizing  government and nongovernment health service providers for rendering stigma and discrimination free services.