The Avahan-India AIDS Initiative

Promising Approaches to Combination HIV Prevention Programming in Concentrated Epidemics

Avahan means “a call to action” in Sanskrit. It is a fitting name for one of the largest and most promising HIV prevention programs in the world. Launched in 2003 with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this major HIV prevention program stretches over six of the Indian states most affected by HIV, as well as key trucking routes. Now in a second phase, Avahan works in partnership with the Indian government, which will take over most of the program’s activities by 2014.

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2011

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