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Introduction

Salem Pengal Nala Sangam (SPNS) is a community organisation (CO) of female sex workers in Salem district of Tamil Nadu State in India. It emerged as a response to a felt need to make the informal community structures formal and a paradigm shift in programme management, where COs led and implemented interventions instead of non profits.

Founded in 2007, SPNS has 2300 members and is registered under Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act,1975

Mission

SPNS aims to improve the social status of vulnerable communities and facilitate their social integration.

Services Provided

SPNS provides many services to its members to enable their empowerment.

  • Providing counselling, STI and HIV/AIDS treatment and commodity supplements to reduce HIV vulnerability
  • Promoting savings habit, and ensuring access to insurance, pension and credit from formal institutions
  • Supporting members to address and resolve violence and crises
  • Enabling members access to social entitlements and government schemes
  • Mobilising resources to sustain the support of the members to the CO

The CO envisions to ensure zero infection among female sex workers in 20 blocks of Salem in the next five years and to build a reserve fund of Rs. 25 lakhs for its sustainability.

Highlights

  • District - Salem
  • Founded - 2007
  • Members supported - 2300
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