SSR INNOVATIONS PROJECT ‘UMAJ’ (NOVERMBER 2014 to JANURARY 2015)
With the goal of providing healthy environment for the LGBTHI community, Samapathik Trust used this grant to host a series of 1 day workshops for HR employees, legal workers, psychologists, counsellors, ICTC counsellors/students, and anti-ragging committee members of colleges, with the objective of increasing knowledge, sensitivity and understanding of LGBTHI community issues.
ORAL HYGIENE AND DENTAL SURVEY(April 2014 to December 2014)
Conducted by Dr. Shrikand Murlidharan, this survey dealt with the oral hygiene of the MSM/TG community in Pune. Offered as an advanced service through Project Pehchan, Dr. Murlidharan examined the oral hygiene and performed basic cleaning and scaling services. For more serious cases, Dr. Murlidharan provided referrals to government hospitals where community members could receive the necessary procedures at a low cost. Dr. Murlidharan also provided counselling and information on proper tooth brushing and oral hygiene to participants.
Survey on IPC 377 at Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatrist Society (January 2014)
In January 2014, Samapathik Trust conducted a survey at the ANCIPS (Annual National Conference of Indian Psychiatrist Society) Conference. The survey sought the opinion of Psychiatrists on IPC377- whether IPC 377 should be read down to exclude consensual, private sexual intercourse between adults regardless of gender. 83.5% of psychiatrists voted in favour of the reading down of IPC377, with 12.21% voted against.
SOCIAL-ECONOMIC STUDY OF TRITIYAPANTHIS/TRANSGENDERS(December 2013 to March 2014)
Conducted in the timeframe of December 2013 to March of 2014, this study examined the socio-economic status of the tritiyapanthi/transgender community in the state of Maharastra. Included in the study were Hijras, Jogtas, Aaradis, and other members of the transgender community. Notable findings included high rates of substance abuse, sexual exploitation, forced sex, poor safe sex practices, and a lack of knowledge of advocacy organizations.
RECOMMENDATIONS ON “TRITIYAPANTHIS” IN “MAHILA DHORAN 2013”
The Mahila Dhoran 2013 document included provisions for the empowerment of Tritiyapanthis (transgenders) for the first time. Samapathik Trust provided feedback on the draft of this document and suggested certain changes. Suggestions included a more defined protocol/age requirement for SRS, removal of the so-called “Prevention Mechanisms” (which implied practice of methodologies in preventing having transgender children), guidelines for police when dealing with sexual minorities in arrest and lock-up situations, and information regarding ID documents.
LGBTI HUMAN RIGHTS GRANT
The LGBTI Human Rights Grant powered by Infosem provided funding for making efforts to to halt/reverse the discrimination and harassment of the LGBTIH population, thereby making it possible for the community to access healthcare and legal aid without fear of discrimination. We worked towards this goal through a series of educational and sensitivity workshops with local police, lawyers, journalists, and the LGBTHI community.
WEST REGION INFOSEM CONSULTATION FOR NACP IV
In June of 2011, Samapathik Trust participated in the West Region Infosem Consultation for NACP IV (aka the West Regional Consultation of Sexual Minorities for NACP IV). The recommendations report was sent to NACO.
OD GRANT PROJECT
The objective of the OD Grant Project was to increase the level of advocacy in areas of law enforcement, social entitlement, and access to services needed by PLHIV (People Living with HIV).