Lakshya is a community based organization registered as a public charitable trust that has been the center of excellence in the field of sexual health programme for the community since its inception in 2000.The organization works on various issues addressing and advocating the social, economic, legal, psychological, spiritual and health aspects of sexual minorities (Gay, Bisexual and Transgender population) in the western Indian state of Gujarat.Lakshya primarily works on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention among MSM (men having sex with men) and GBT(gay, bisexual and transgender) in three major cities of Gujarat State of India(Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot).
With 11 DIC’s (drop-in centers) in three cities, more than 179 PEs (peer educators) and a project team of 83 personnel, Lakshya Trust is the largest community based organization of MSM population in the state of Gujarat as well as in the country.Lakshya is also a western zone representative of Integrated Network for Sexual Minorities (INFOSEM), a country level network of community based organizations working on the issues of MSM and TG populations.The HIV/AIDS related outreach services reaches out to more than 10,000 MSM, female partner of MSM and TG population in these three cities. This work is supported by the local government.The objectives of this project are to increase condom distribution and usage, reduce incidents of STIs, promote treatment of STIs and lessen STD and HIV/AIDS prevalence, mainstream the issues of HIV/AIDS and MSM, collectivize and empower HIV positive MSM, HIV positive female partners of MSM and HIV positive Hijras (Transgenders) as well as promotion of scientific researches thus increasing safe sex and health seeking behaviors.The organization is also a national surveillance site for the country for National AIDS Control Organization, which further helps to figure out the prevalence rate of HIV among the MSM population through its annual HIV and STI surveillance exercise.
Our goal is to minimize the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among the vulnerable population in the community and to provide quality services for their sexual health needs, lessen the overall incidents of STI’s(sexually transmitted infections), HIV/AIDS through focused holistic intervention through enabling environment & empowering the community to seek safe sexual behavior. Being a community based organization, majority of community staff members are retained from its inception. The capacity building of the staff is evident from the fact that the staff members who are currently working in the capacity of Project Officers have worked as Peer Educators, Outreach Workers and Community Counselors. Further, some of the staff members work as mentors, Master Trainers and Evaluators. The staff members have been a part of various training programmes from State Government, NACO, TISS and many NGOs/CBOs.