Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked country in South Asia. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, it is bordered by the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north, the Chumbi Valley of Tibet, China and the Indian states of Sikkim and West Bengal in the west, and the Indian states of Assam, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh in the south and east. Bhutan is geopolitically in South Asia and is the region's second-least-populous nation after the Maldives. Thimphu is its capital and largest city, while Phuntsholing is its financial center.

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The Save the Children Bhutan Program was established in 1982 following a mutual agreement with the Royal Government of Bhutan. Initial operations centred around a community-based program in Edi (Zhemgang) involving the establishment of a pre-school, a health post, an 18km mule track, a community centre, a suspension bridge, safe drinking water supply and immigration canals. From these humble beginnings, the Save the Children Bhutan’s work has flourished into a strong and collaborative partnership between the Royal Government of Bhutan, local NGOs and other partners, delivering financial support and technical assistance in services related to children.

 

Save the Children’s global work in the HIV/AIDS sector is well-documented. The Bhutan Program has been directly involved in a variety of programs and projects engaging with and advocating for key populations, and have contributed to raising awareness of HIV on the national agenda.  Specific examples of this work include:

 

  • Continuously working to to elevate the representation of key populations in the Global Fund’s local country-coordinating mechanism and in various national technical working groups.

  • Directly supporting Bhutan’s only PLHIV group to secure land for an organic farming fundraising project (2018-2019)

  • Involved in implementing HIV prevention for key populations alongside the national HIV response and engaged in country-wide advocacy campaign to amend Section 213 and 214 of the Bhutan Penal Code (pertaining to sodomy) and addressing related social and structural barriers.

Key activities under SKPA in Bhutan

  1. Development of Revised Service Package for KPs and Training materials  and conducting Training for HISC, ORWs

  2. Community based HIV testing pilot implementation

  3. Development and implementation of a Comprehensive Advocacy Strategy and Plan

  4. Social mobilization, building community linkage, collaboration and coordination & Institutional capacity building, planning and leadership development

  5. Capacity building on Psychosocial counselling for KPs and service providers

  6. Contribute to cost of PSEs for MSM, FSW,TG, to inform program design

  7. Stigma and discrimination reduction (adapt training curriculum and materials and provide training

  8. Evaluate Complaints mechanism and share findings

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