Dr. Raghavan of SAATHII is part of a World Health Organization (WHO) initiative on “positive synergies” between stakeholders and researchers worldwide to work collaboratively to enhance knowledge and increase findings on the interactions between global health initiatives and national health systems. This initiative leads to accelerated health progress and more strategic direction of resources.
SAATHII was one of the partners of The International Conference on Health Systems Strengthening (ICONHSS), hosted by the Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project (TNHSP) of Government of Tamil Nadu from May 6-10, 2010 in Chennai. This conference was possible due to the collective partnership of NACO, the World Bank, USAID-INDIA, WHO, TANSACS, ICMR, APAC-VHS, SAATHII, NRHM, the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University (TNMMU), PHMI, and Chettinad Health City.
Based on the expected transition process and task shifting for nurses in Targeted Intervention (TI) clinics of Avahan program, the “Capacity building of Nurses of Avahan Supported Partners” project built the capacity of nurses in an effort to sustain the TI initiatives of the Avahan Program. This capacity building project was implemented from June 2011 to March 2012.
Mainstreaming Care and Support Services in Government Sector Medical Institutions: Salem District, Tamil Nadu
In collaboration with the USAD-funded AIDS Prevention and Control (APAC) Project of Voluntary Health Services, Chennai, SAATHII has initiated intensive efforts to mainstream HIV care and support with the government sector medical and public health institutions in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. The primary goal of the project is to increase the access to quality care and treatment services to HIV positive individuals in Salem.
Cross-section study on prevalence on sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS among Trans-women residing in Chennai, Tamil nadu
Trans-women (Aravanis/ male-to-female transgenders) are among the groups that are at high risk of contraction and transmission of HIV in India. A cross-sectional study was conducted to address existing knowledge gaps regarding prevalence of HIV and STIs and sexual behaviors and practices. The study, constituting the doctoral work of SAATHII’s Research Officer P.S. Saravanamurthy, was carried out in collaboration with SAATHII, the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) and the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences.
In 2007-2008 SAATHII provided technical assistance to Child Fund India's implementing partners for the purpose of integrating ongoing child-focused health and development interventions with HIV/AIDS services in eight districts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The TA included building NGO capacities in assessing HIV-related needs, and support in planning interventions through training and supportive field visits.
The program aims to address the needs of young women in urban areas in four slum communities of Asansol and Siliguri, both urban areas in West Bengal, as part of a situational analysis. The aim of the overall scoping study will be to gather information through desk research, interviews, focus group discussions (FGDs) and partner engagement that will then inform program development.
Santi Seva: Expanding Access to Education, Livelihood and Health Services among TG Communities in Bhadrak, Odisha
The “Capacity Building of Santi Seva Support Group for Male-to-Female Transgender Communities in Bhadrak, Orissa” Project, initiated in January 2008 with support from SAATHII and Fellowship, aims to improve the overall well being of Hijras, Maichiyas, and other male-to-female transgendered populations. The project also strives to reduce their vulnerability to HIV by strengthening the capacity of Santi Seva, one of the first and few community based organizations (CBOs) for transgender populations in Odisha.
Based on learnings from Andhra Pradesh-Public Private Partnership (PPP) Program, SAATHII’s Tamil Nadu PPP unit provided technical assistance to TamilNadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) and AIDS Prevention and Control –Voluntary Health Services Project (APAC-VHS) in the implementation of PPP- Integrated Counseling and Testing Centers (ICTCs). The PPP program, which took place from February to December 2010, provided comprehensive ICTC and PPTCT services to the general population and pregnant women accessing private hospitals.