Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme

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What is this programme about

The Multi-Country South Asia Global Fund HIV Programme (Phase 2) is a regional HIV programme operating in eight countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The overall goal of the programme is to reduce the impact of, and vulnerability to, HIV of men who have sex with men, hijras and transgender people through Community Systems Strengthening (CSS). The United Nations Development Programme Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (UNDP APRC) serves the role of interim Principal Recipient.

The programme supports building the capacity of in-country and regional community-based Sub-recipient organizations engaged in service provision (HIV prevention, care and support services), policy development and advocacy, partnership building with local governments and health departments, research related to MSM and transgender issues, and on creating stronger community systems to support and sustain this work. In order for the interventions carried out by the community-based organizations (CBOs) to be both effective and sustainable, it is necessary to build their capacity, create stronger linkages and networks between community organizations, community-led interventions and government, and provide longer-term support to these groups.

Recognizing that different levels and types of support are required in each country, the Principal Recipient, and two regional community networks included in this Programme, the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health and Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, cooperate to support high-level regional and national-level policy development and advocacy, technical support and research activities. Sub-Recipients are implementing programme activities at the national and sub-national level.

What we have accomplished so far (2011-2014)

Service delivery

  • 1,800+ community and health workers and 89 CSOs trained on improving HIV programming for MSM and transgender people.
  • In Afghanistan and Pakistan, 40,000+ MSM and transgender people benefited from community-led HIV prevention services and 6,000+ from HIV voluntary counseling and testing.

Policy environment

  • In partnership with IDLO, APF and National Human Rights Institutions, national consultations and capacity assessments conducted in five countries.
  • Supported formation of national and local Technical Working Groups on HIV and human rights in Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan.

Strategic knowledge

  • Seven national level M&E Systems Strengthening workshops held.
  • Regional size estimation workshop in Sri Lanka and national MSM mapping and population size estimation in Bhutan.

Who finances it?

Phase 2 of the programme, which will run from July 2013 to December 2015, is supported by a $16.7 million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 

Year           Amount                    
2013 US$1,813,490
2014 US$8,567,986
2015 US$6,380,693
Total US$16,762,166         

Programme overview



Programme start date

July 2013

Programme end date

December 2015

Geographic coverage

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Focus area

HIV, Health and Development

Programme Manager

Anna Chernyshova,


Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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