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Major Interventions

Overall objective(s):


  • To create a supportive environment for female sex workers community to promote their human rights and to play their due role in the national HIVAIDS response
  • To decrease stigmatization and discrimination against FSWs community


Specific objective(s):


  1. To conduct and disseminate findings with key stakeholders an ethnographic study on FSWs community in Okara, essentially designed to help the proposed action and its implementation
  2. To design and implement a sensitization and advocacy campaign to influence relevant key stakeholders and policy makers to protect FSWs human rights, their interests and lift their social status
  3. To organize FSWs into self support group for networking and safeguarding their interest and provide legal support to desirous FSWs to protect their interests through capacity building workshops
  4. To provide care and life skills education to FSWs children to protect them from further abuse and neglect


Main activities


  1. Ethnographic study of FSWs community in Okara
  2. Three FSWs capacity building workshops (Basic organizational development/CBO management skills, Human Rights Awareness and leadership skills, resource mobilization/fundraising skills)
  3. FSWs networking/self support group
  4. Sensitization and advocacy events three at local level (e.g. local Police officials, local government/administration representatives, religious leaders, NGOs workers/activities/opinion makers)
  5. Legal counseling up to 50 FSWs )
  6. Setting up and running a day care centre
  7. Four life skills workshops for adolescent children of FSWs
  8. National level expo model presentation event (to show results, achievements, lessons learnt etc.)


Estimated results


  • Ethnographic study of FSWs community
  • FSWs self help/support group community based organization in Okara
  • Thirty FSWs trained as community leaders under capacity building activity
  • One hundred people/key stakeholders sensitized under sensitization and advocacy activity
  • Fifty FSWs sought legal support and counseling
  • A day care centre to cater for twenty five young kids needs is functional
  • One hundred adolescent children received life skills workshop
  • Enhanced primary healthcare support to FSWs community


TAMEER Project

In 2004, the European Commission (EC) and the British government's Department for International Development (DFID) funded a project entitled Building-Up Rights-Based Approaches to HIV/AIDS in Pakistan: A National Civil Society Capacity Building Project. Commonly known as the TAMEER Project ("TAMEER" means "to build" in Urdu), the programme aims to radically enhance the capacity of HIV/AIDS NGOs and to help them be effective and enduring partners in public-private sector partnerships fighting HIV/AIDS. This includes enhanced governance, as well as strategic, organisational, technical and project identification and management capabilities, and increased joint planning and coordination. The TAMEER Project had been implemented by Pakistan National AIDS Consortium (PNAC) in collaboration with Interact Worldwide UK. Implementing partners include PAC and its constituent consortia, KIT Health of the Netherlands (Royal Tropical Institute), AIDOS from Italy, and the Centre for Population Studies of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. PAC implemented the project in the Punjab Province through its partner CSOs.

Project Goal

To prevent HIV/AIDS from becoming established in vulnerable populations and becoming a generalized epidemic through spread to the broader population, while reducing stigma and discrimination, in line with the objectives of the National HIV/AIDS Strategic Framework 2001-2006, and more specifically with the Program Implementation Plan for Enhanced HIV/AIDS Control Program, Ministry of Health, Government of Pakistan, November 2002.

Project Purpose

Institutional development of the Pakistan NGOs, HIV/AIDS Consortia such that they are delivering legitimate, transparent, co-ordinate and sustainable civil society / NGO participation in public-private sector partnership with the Punjab AIDS Control Program and the National AIDS Control Programme.

Tameer Plans


  • Strengthen Technical Skills of HIV/AIDS
  • Build the Management, Monitoring and Project Capacity


Tameer Plans



There are four core components of the project.

  • Capacity Building of NGO Consortia
  • Capacity Building of NGO Members
  • Grass Roots Action - Small Grants Programme (SGP)
  • Research


Capacity Building of NGO Consortia

The first is capacity building of the NGO Consortia, with a view to provide an enduring capacity building capability, a knowledge network, an advocacy and communications platform, and a focal point for co-ordination, resource mobilization, and effective public-private sector partnership at the Provincial and National levels. Apart from the physical establishment of one national and 5 provincial consortia offices (each with funds for staff, equipment, and office space through December 2006), the TAMEER project has also trained dozens of trainers in governance, HIV/AIDS technical knowledge, project management, and M&E.

Capacity Building of NGO Members

The second component is capacity building of the NGO membership of the NGO Consortia, with a view to improving management and governance, the quality of services, technical expertise, and capacity to deliver the HIV services packages, gender awareness, M&E, co-ordination, advocacy and resource mobilization capability. Formal trainings have been conducted by consortia staff and others trained in the training of trainers programme.

Grass Roots Action - Small Grants Programme (SGP)

The grass roots action is being undertaken through a Small Grants Program. In the first phase of SGP, 8 projects were funded, while in the second phase, 27 projects of the partner NGOs have been funded after a competitive process involving member NGOs. These action research and pioneer projects are working with various target groups including:

  • People Living with HIV/AIDS
  • Injecting Drug Users (IDUs)
  • In and Out of School Youth
  • Men having Sex with Men
  • Female Sex Workers
  • Hijras- Eunuchs
  • Coal Miners


Action Research

The research component has three focus on three categories: policy research into the development of public-private sector partnership in HIV/AIDS in Pakistan, formative research on Men on the Move (men who spend more than 6 continuous months per year away from home but within Pakistan), and operations research looking at selected small grant projects


Three major components of the project executed at the provincial level include;

  1. Small Grants Program
  2. Capacity Building Program
  3. Advocacy
In the Punjab Province these programs were implemented by Punjab AIDS Consortium through its member organizations.


Small Grants Program (SGP)

In this regards 10 projects are being implemented by the partner organizations of Punjab AIDS Consortium through Small Grants Programs (SGPs). A brief overview of these projects is as under:

Summary of Small Grants Program

Target Group SGP I SGP II Total
Out School Youth In School Youth Coal Minors Out School Youth In School Youth Coal Minors