Project information

Medical Support for HIV+ LGBT Community in Nepal

We are partnering with the Blue Diamond Society - the LGBT rights group in Nepal - to ensure professional health care is provided for the LGBT community in the Far-West development regions of Nepal. In addition, that empowerment projects, support groups and counselling support takes place.

May 2015 - April 2017

Charity information: Aids Ark

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  • Need

    Need

    Many men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (TG) living in Nepal are HIV positive but face problems in accessing proper health care services. Stigma and misconceptions surrounding the MSM and TG community affect the quality of care received at medical institutions; there is lack of confidentiality, mistreatment by medical staff and sometimes even a denial of services. There is also a need for support groups and counselling support to help live with the stigma and prejudice they face.

    Solution

    1) To ensure professional health care providers including doctors treat MSM/TG PLHIV in the far-West development region.

    2) To provide regular medical care and support to ensure the life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment is effective amongst MSM/TG living with HIV

    3) To provide other logistical, morale and political support for MSM/TG living with HIV so that their access to care and treatment is ensured.

    4) To enable support and enpowement groups and provide counselling support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide regular health care, monitoring and treatment of infections for MSM/TG living with HIV.

    Activities

    » Provide a weekly doctor's surgery and full-time nurse for the far-West Blue Diamond Society drop-in centre.
    » Provide medicines for HIV opportunistic co-infections such as for CMV and Cryptococcal Meningitis
    » Provide transportation support for MSM/TG living with HIV who otherwise couldn't afford transport costs to see the doctor

    At least 1000 MSM/TG living with HIV will receive regular care and treatment per year and many lives will be saved through treatment of opportunistic infections.


    Aim 2

    Enable support groups, counselling support and empowerment groups

    Activities

    » The care giver will provide HIV peer-to-peer counselling and support.
    » The care giver will initiate HIV support and empowerment groups.

    The fear and stigma will be reduced for this group of vulnerable people, and they can take pride in who and what they are.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Hundreds of people's health and quality of llfe will be improved and many people's lives will be saved.

    Risk

    There is a risk that the project might not be effectively implemented. We have teamed up with Blue Diamond Society - which is a very well-respected LGBT organisation to implement the project. We will also be visitng the project frequently to check on progress and meet patients.

    Reporting

    Aids Ark reports to donors twice yearly through newsletters and at our events.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Staff costs One part-time doctor and care giver.
      £1,500 Medical expenses Medicines for HIV infections and common health problems
      £500 Transport costs Pay for transport for very poor and remote people to visit doctor
  • Background

    Location

    The far-West of Nepal is a very remote and poor region of one of the poorest countries on earth.

    Beneficiaries

    The project will benefit people who are HIV positive and LGBT who would otherwise not have access to health services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Aidsark has been providing medical treatments since 2002 to people with HIV who would otherwise not receive treatment (in countries including Lesotho, South Africa, Uganda, India and Burma). We have a simple, secure, effective and tested system in place. 100% of money raised will be used to fund the treatment of HIV - the cost of all overheads are fully covered by the 2 Founder Trustees (Jeremy Norman & Derek Frost)

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Derek Frost

    Founder and Trustee of Aids Ark. Derek has run all of Aids Ark's projects to date and helps cover all Aids Ark overheads.