Your browser (Internet Explorer 7 or lower) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how to update your browser.


Navigate / search

Coalition Based Advocacy Project- Building the Capacity of People Living with HIV and Sexual Minorities in Odisha and West Bengal to Advance their Health and Rights

This project aims to improve health equity for sexual minorities and People Living with HIV (PLHIV), particularly with regards to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV/AIDS, and in line with the provisions made in National AIDS Control Program-III (NACP-III), National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), and the Reproductive and Child Health Program – Phase II. The project achieves this through the empowerment of sexual minorities and PLHIV in Odisha and West Bengal to know, promote, and exact their rights to life and health as written in the Indian Constitution.

The cornerstone of the project is that it has been successfully able to bring together sexual minorities and PLHIV, their community groups, as well as other NGOs working on a range of SRH related issues (such as gender, sexuality, HIV, child, adolescent, and youth health, sexual abuse, mental health, and human rights) into broad civil society coalitions. The two state-wide coalitions, "SAMPARK" in Odisha, consisting of 26 CSOs, and the “Coalition of Rights Based Groups (CRBG)” in West Bengal, consisting of 35 CSOs, carry out advocacy efforts with the state government and policy makers. They also work with different service providers of the government (particularly in health and legal aid), towards establishing an equitable health care system.

SAATHII acts as the secretariat of both coalitions through its Kolkata and Bhubaneswar offices and coordinates between the coalition members and mentors the coalition members in implementing various activities of the projects. Representatives and key leaders of the member organizations of both the coalitions have increasingly taken responsibility in planning, budgeting, and field level implementation of the project activities.

This project bridges the gaps of the NACP–III program by carrying out community focused capacity building and health equity advocacy agendas, and is addressing a crucial gap in the national HIV response. The project itself has started gaining recognition in international, national and regional forums – by the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI, national) and ATHENA Network (international). Additionally the project was presented as a model at a national level consultation organized by FPAI towards advocating for establishing linkages between SRH and HIV services.


  • Number of Direct Beneficiaries of PLHIV and sexual minorities: 33,967
  • Indirect Beneficiaries (via project information, referral, and legal aid services): 10,137
  • Health Care Providers Impacted: 460
  • Legal Service Providers Impacted: 106
  • Total Number of Benefited Family Members: 30,411

CoAP-Coalition Based Advocacy Project (SAMPARK- Odisha Coalition)

CoAP - Coalition Based Advocacy Project (Coalition of Rights Based Groups - West Bengal Coalition)

This program receives financial support from the Department for International Development – Civil Society Challenge Fund, Glasgow. Interact Worldwide, London, is a collaborating partner as technical adviser.

Project Category: 
Project Status: 
  • Jul 13 2012