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Sarah Nabia

Ashodaya Samithi - 2019 Fellow

Sarah works among the key populations female sex workers (FSW), men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (TG) persons across Southern Karnataka in India. Her work focuses on advocating for inclusion of PrEP as part of combination prevention in the national HIV prevention policy. She analyses, strategizes and develops a community-led advocacy agenda for the sex worker community organization Ashodaya Samithi in Mysore. Sarah’s other focus is implementing a community-led approach to battling tuberculosis. She works to initiate public-private-partnership models at the grassroots for an integrated HIV-TB prevention program. Sarah has a BSc in Economics from the University of Calcutta and an MA in Political Economy from King’s College London.

Why I Want to Advocate for HIV Prevention in 2019, and What I Plan to Do
While PrEP has been well received in India’s demonstration studies, it has also cultivated a groundswell of demand among the sex-worker community at large. My project seeks to build political and wide-spread community support to pave the way for PrEP’s rollout. Specifically, I will mobilize stakeholders to develop PrEP guidelines inclusive of sex workers; train leading sex worker advocates in five states to pressure their State AIDS Control Societies for PrEP rollout and I shall sensitize the national media to report on the need for PrEP.

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