Document Praised:

GSA is deeply committed to the AIDS response. In 2005, GSA had highlighted its anti-AIDS efforts in a document titled’ “An NGO Response to HIV” which was liked by UNAIDS-India.

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) & GSA:

In context of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)- i) End Poverty and Hunger; ii) Universal Education; iii) Gender Equality; iv) Child Health; v) Maternal Health; vi) Combat HIV/AIDS; vii) Environmental Sustainability; viii) Global Partnership, GSA

through its activities trying its best to address in most effective manner and keenly observe its progresses in Indian context in particular and Asia Pacific.

GSA & its HIV/AIDS-Workplace policy (WPP):

Contents of Power-point presentation by GSA head at Bhopal (MP) on 01st March 2012 during workshop which highlights the GSA’s endeavors in context of HIV/AIDS-Workplace policy (WPP):

  • GSA had its HIV/AIDS Workplace policy in place (included in organizational HR Policy) whilst INSA-India made its baseline survey under SIMPLE India project . It was relied basically on “National Policy on HIV/AIDS and the world of work” (Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India) as its Occupational health services (OHS) policy. GSA, had helped in drafting HIV/AIDS draft law bill by participating in Consultation, believes that in absence of exclusive HIV/AIDS law, advocacies are the policy instruments including this WPP.
  • After, 1st   NGO heads meeting at Bhopal, the same was revised with new inputs under the framework of INSA-India technical inputs.
  • During 17th to 19th October 2011 at Lucknow two Focal Point Person-FPP (one male-Dr. Vijayendra Sahaya & one female-Ms. Sweta Rahul) had training as given by INSA-India to understand and develop a WPP in the organisation by leading and training colleagues at GSA.
  • Organisational self-assessment framework regarding managing HIV in the workplace designed and developed by INSA-India was used by GSA and other organizations.
  • Trainings at GSA were later organized for different hierarchy levels of the staff and different compositions (male & female).
  • During trainings perceptions were assessed in the same context.              
  • This was further led in convening (eastern UP) NGOs ‘ orientation/ mobilization meetings working on spectrum of topics pertaining health that also included HIV/AIDS in order to built their capacities in developing their WPP policy.
  • There are further plan to hold such meets/workshops of NGOs of different zones of UP.
  • Recently, NGO head of GSA, by participating following events ,made special mention HIV/AIDS WPP to have its potential of replication by using expertise of CSOs like ours’
  •        A) Whilst attending a TOT on GF in Colombo (Sri Lanka) in November-December 2011.
  •      B) “Asia-Pacific High-Level Intergovernmental Meeting on the Assessment of Progress against Commitments in the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) held at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) Bangkok (Thailand) during 6-8 February 2012.
  •    C) Consultation on HIV & Law in New Delhi organized by UNAIDS Technical Support Facility for South Asia (TSF-SA), South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation in Law (SAARCLAW), and Maitri on 16 February 2012 (held as part of the UNDP funded project "Support to the Development of Enabling Environment by Scanning of Laws that Impede Effective HIV and AIDS).
  • Everywhere, the HIV-WPP initiatives were widely acknowledged be it UN or other implementers/donors, which was a good gesture towards our initiatives to sustain vigorously in time to come. It was recognized that Fundamental issues of stigma and discrimination (within social, educational and cultural settings, economic activities (e.g. insurance), health care settings, administrative settings (employment etc.), informed consent, confidentiality i.e. right to privacy, balancing public interest with confidentiality etc. could be taken care-of effectively within the organization if there WWP in place.