MISSION:

To provide legal, medical, and social empowerment services to the LGBTHI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Hijara, Intersex) community through education, training, advocacy, and partnership with the greater Pune community.

VISION:

To create an India in which LGBTHI communities live a life of dignity, free of stigma and discrimination.

ABOUT SAMAPATHIK TRUST

Samapathik Trust was founded on 11th September 2002 by Gay activist Bindumadhav Khire. For more than a decade Samapathik Trust has worked on issues of advocacy and health of LGBTHI communities.”

Pune was one of the districts with high prevalence of HIV due to various contributing factors such as being a mega-city. The district has various typologies of sexual minorities namely Gay, Bisexuals, Transgenders, Hijaras and Intersex. In addition, a large number of migrant workers of industry and students in various educational institutes also form a considerable part of MSM group. Being a conservative city, most of the sexual minorities live a closeted life and this poses a significant challenge in doing advocacy for the community rights and providing various services to the closeted communities.

From 2008 to 2015, Samapathik Trust has been able to improve health seeking behaviour of MSM/TG population in Pune city, PCMC and suburbs. Significant impact can be seen in STI and HIV prevalence in the target population through effective coverage and service delivery through the project in Pune city, PCMC and suburbs. IBBA round I and II showed nearly 70% decrease in STI prevalence and 50% decrease in HIV prevalence among MSM/TG in Pune.

OBJECTIVES:

  • To decrease HIV/AIDS and STI prevalence amongst Gays, Bisexuals, MSM and TGs.
  • To increase awareness on HIV/AIDS, STIs and Sex Education amongst the general population.
  • To increase mental health well being of Gays, Bisexuals, MSMs, TGs and Intersex.
  • To increase Gay, Bisexual, TG and Intersex participation in the mainstream.
  • To increase collaboration with law and legal authorities with focus on down-reading of IPC 377 and other issues

HISTORY

Pune district has various typologies of sexual minorities namely Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders, Hijaras and Intersex. A large number of migrant workers of industry and students in various educational institutes also form a considerable part of MSM/TG group. Being a conservative city, most of the sexual minorities live a closeted life and this poses a significant challenge in doing advocacy for the community rights and providing various services to the closeted communities. A decade ago, Pune was one of the districts with high prevalence of HIV. It is in this background that, in 2002, Bindumadhav Khire, Nitin Karani and Abhijit Aher founded Samapathik Trust.
In 2005 Samapathik Trust received a small grant from Pathfinder International to conduct a survey on MSM/TGs in Pune. The outcome of the survey lead to Pathfinder International awarding The Humsafar Trust a Targeted Intervention project in Pune. The project was implemented thru Samapathik Trust. In 2012 the project (split in two projects – Pune and PCMC) was transitioned to MSACS with Samapathik Trust as owners/executors of the project.
From 2008 to 2015, Samapathik Trust has been able to improve health seeking behavior of MSM/TG population in Pune city, PCMC and suburbs. Significant reduction of STIs and HIV incidence has been seen in Pune and PCMC. The projects funded by DACS (Dept. of AIDS Control, New Delhi) are expected to end in March 2017.