2011: SHAKTI:Intervention with health care providers to work better with TG –ICMR, Baldwin Wallace University – Cleveland and MGM Hospital

SHAKTI: Stigma reduction, Health care provider Awareness and Knowledge enhancement on Transgender issues in India R01 DA033719-02 Indo-US/83/9/2010-ECD-II The current study is an Indo-US collaborative study funded by NIH/ ICMR (2012-2014). Dr Swagata Banik (Baldwin Wallace College) is the US PI on this project and the Dr H R Jerajani (Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s medical college and Hospital) is the Indian PI.

The project was approved by ICMR and has also received ethics clearance from The Humsafar Trust – IRB and MGM Medical College and Hospital – IRB. The broad objective of this study was to advance HIV prevention science by conducting formative research on how culturally relevant intervention can be used to overcome personal and social factors associating stigma to promote health care access among stigmatized and at-risk population. The project proposed to develop and pilot-test a culturally relevant health care providers (HCP)-focused intervention to reduce HIV/STI-related stigma and discrimination towards male-to-female transgendered population (locally known as Hijra) in health care setting in Mumbai, India.

We anticipatedthis project to bring about positive change in Indian health care set ups by addressing negative attitudes of caregivers that are a deterrent to seeking health care, including HIV testing and care, in highly marginalized Hijra/ TG sub population who are at very risk of HIV infection in India (and elsewhere).

Study duration: Two years

Current Status: Completed

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