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Bhavishya Project, Pune, India

The Bhavishya (‘looking towards the future’) Project is unique in structure and scope. Building on the success of the Sahara Aalhad Care Home in Pune, and with funding from the Cartier Charitable Foundation, we selected 2 partners to complement Sahara’s clinical, psychosocial, and advocacy work: Saahasee, a well-established local NGO that strengthens the economic potential of women in poor urban settings, and Prayas, a local NGO and clinic with extensive expertise in clinical and psychosocial support services for children and adolescents living with HIV.

By combining the forces of these three local organizations, the Bhavishya Project is able to impact on a greater scale the physical, social and economic well-being of those affected by HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and poverty.

In this sense it is groundbreaking. There are few models of care that address the underlying issues of poverty and social isolation, factors which we know negatively impact retention in care and adherence to HIV treatment. There are also few that actively seek out the engagement and involvement of people living with HIV.

2015 Highlights

  • 5,225

    Children, young people and adults provided with care and support

  • 535

    People received mental health services

  • 42%

    Reduction in people’s vulnerability after they enrolled in the program