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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
The successful completion of the PrEP demonstration project among FSWs in Mysore and Calcutta gave rise to some convincing results indicating the community’s acceptance of a biomedical prevention tool as part of combination prevention of HIV. While PrEP has been well received by the project’s participants, it has also cultivated interest and a groundswell of demand among the sex-worker community at large. My project will focus on time-bound PrEP advocacy to mitigate the impact of HIV among the sex worker population, which has recorded significant new infections during the recently published 2017 surveillance report.

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