Our Work

Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

Our SRHR initiatives empower adolescent girls, women and sexual minorities to protect their health and rights.

Our efforts in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) focus on prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI/HIV), champion the rights of girls, women and sexual minorities to lead violence-free lives, and strengthen community institutions for sustainable change.

We work with community and civil society organisations in capacity building, resource mobilisation, advocacy and institutional development. We have designed and developed programmes, raised and managed finances, and monitored and evaluated services in SRHR for governments and development partners.

We care about the SRHR needs of the most marginalised communities.

We developed monitoring and evaluation guidelines to improve the effectiveness of rural HIV intervention; provided technical support and built capacities of 370 organisations in eight countries to mobilise resources for delivering family planning services; and ensured high quality and comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services to the infected, and affected children and family members in 40,000 households in India.

In addressing the complex problems in SRHR, we have innovated with technology, leveraged government partnerships, and designed financial inclusion models.

Android-based decision support systems have improved the quality of antenatal care in rural Karnataka; partnership with local government has facilitated inclusion of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in local government decisions to reduce the stigma against HIV positive persons in villages; and a model of community managed cooperative of women in sex work, formed in 2007, has disbursed ₹2 million as credit till date.

Our efforts have transformed lives of women in sex work by building their community institutions, such as Swathi Mahila Sangha (SMS), and strengthening their leadership.

Our work with 121,000 vulnerable people through 97 community-based organisations, as part of Gates Foundation’s India AIDS initiative, Avahan III, reduced vulnerabilities to HIV and strengthened community organisations to make them robust and sustainable.

Our Thematic Experts

Shama Karkal

Shama Karkal

CEO, Swasti Health Catalyst
Hareesh B S

Hareesh B S

COO, Swathi Mahila Sangha
Jacob Maarten Nijhof

Jacob Maarten Nijhof

Manager, Health Consulting
Kallana Gowda

Kallana Gowda

Lead i4We, Women in Sex Work

Stories & News

Life Skills in LGBTQ youth

Bhavani writes about imparting life skills training to LGBTQAI+ youth.

Unlearning for sustainability

Shama writes about alternative menstrual hygiene products

Advocacy for mental health: Create leaders to innovate and break stigma

When Devi, a woman in sex work in Madhya Pradesh, India found out that both she and her husband were tested positive for HIV, her life came to a standstill. “I thought the best option for me was death. I bought poison"...

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

We spoke to Transgender Rights Activist and mentor to Trangender Community Organisations within the Avahan III programme, Priya Babu.

Sex Workers as Mothers – Voices Unheard

In 2000, the UN’s Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 set out to reduce the world’s mortality rate of children under the age of 5-years by two thirds by 2015, and to reduce the world’s maternal mortality ratio by three quarters by 2015.

OUR WORK AREAS

  • Invest for Wellness
    Invest for Wellness provides affordable, accessible and quality primary health services, every day, all through the year, to urban and rural poor.
  • Life Skills for All
    Our Life Skills for All initiatives positively impacting workers’ personal lives also adds value to business growth for companies.
  • Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
    Our efforts in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) champion women’s rights to lead violence-free lives, create vibrant community platform for long term community action and stakeholder engagement, and strengthen community institutions for sustainable behaviour change.
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
    Our WaSH initiatives reduced disease incidences by educating and engaging local governments, village communities and schools, and improving drinking water systems, access to toilets and handwashing facilities.
  • Social Protection
    We ensure access to social protection to promote inclusion and dignity of the poor and vulnerable.
  • Prevention of Gender Based Violence
    Promoting gender equality is an integral part of all our work.
  • Health Systems Strengthening
    We examine and address systemic bottlenecks to strengthen health systems that enhance public health outcomes for the poor and marginalised.
  • Technology for Health
    From service delivery and insights-driven decision making to enabling work collaboration, technology makes us agile and efficient.