Salem Thirunangaigal Nala Sangam (STNS) was established with a objective to create awareness about HIV/AIDS & other sex related diseases among transgenders and provide support to them. It is promoted by Voluntary Health Services (VHS) as part of the Tamil Nadu AIDS Initiatives (TAI) project.
STNS is supported by Swasti, whose HIV/AIDS prevention project is being funded by Avahan III, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s project.
STNS has more than 2,000 transgender members. STNS helps them avail basic rights and access all government related schemes like voter ID, ration card, bank account passbook & other medical schemes.
Other services offered by STNS include:
makes members aware about the Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) drugs that help suppress the HIV virus
provide information about medical schemes
create awareness about TB
explain the importance of savings
STNS also receives support from the Tamil Nadu Police department, the District Collector, the media and others.
Income Rs5 lac
Source : Audit Report 2015
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