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To create and promote a strong support system based on solidarity, social networking and people’s participation for addressing and taking collective action towards effective response to HIV and AIDS and its negative impact.

  • Network and provide support to all PLHIV in Bhutan and the region
  • Empower and build the capacity of all members to participate fully in their own treatment, care and prevention
  • Reduce stigma and discrimination
  • Enhance greater participation of members and other stakeholders in the AIDS response
  • Establish linkages with regional and international networks of PLHIV and increase access to resources by members through resource mobilization, grant making and management

Let’s Combat HIV Epidemic


To create a society that’s unconditionally free from myths fear, prejudice, discrimination and criminalization, where all the people shall have opportunities for a meaningful LIVELIHOOD.


In partnership with relevant supporters and donors, Lhak-Sam aims to become premier organization in Bhutan committed to providing and promoting leadership, education and competency to all the PLHIV, KAPs, their families, and the people of Bhutan through reducing fear, isolation, prejudice, discrimination, and improving people’s positive thinking and living productively through people’s access to a range of quality prevention, treatment, care, and support services.



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Lhak-Sam envisages a country and region where all PLHIV and affected family members have full access to a range of services including appropriate treatment and care, counseling, social support and are provided with opportunities for a meaningful livelihood, where PLHIV are included in decision making that concerns them and which have a bearing on their lives. The organization aspires to create an environment that is free from stigma and discrimination and provide opportunity to partner with all relevant stakeholders and concerned organizations to fight against the epidemic and contribute towards reversing and decreasing the spread of HIV in the country.
The driving aspiration of the organization has been the solidarity of the members and the unwavering desire to become the agent of change in the national response where all PLHIV and affected family members have full access to a range of services and opportunity for meaningful living.

Lhak-Sam currently functions under the mandates to serve the PLHIV and collaborate with the national developmental partners on: Promotion of prevention, Advocacy for the right of PLHIV in the country and finally provide the much need social, economic and psychological support to affected and effected lhak-Sam family and friends. In the effort to carry out the mandate, Lhak-Sam is committed to upholding the principals of non-discrimination and gender equity. Lhak-Sam will work to encourage and support the active participation of women in our network, as well as PLHIV and marginalised populations such as people who use drugs, men who have sex with men, transgendered, sex workers, and mobile and migrant people living in the country. Our Thimphu based Secretariat aims to be responsive and supportive of our positive members and to represent their interests locally, nationally and regionally.


The first coordination meeting of PLHIV was called by Mr. Wangda at the Thimphu HISC.

CSO registration documents for Lhak-Sam submitted

His Majesty the King grants audience to PLHIV. First Five HIV/AIDs individuals comes out in BBS

Lhak-Sam enhances its reach with members in other dzongkhags

Lhaksam’s first strategic plan (2014-2018) drafted and launched by Her Majesty Queen Mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck.

Three HIV positive people comes out publicly

Lhak-Sam signs a nine months grant agreement with the UNODC Drug Abuse Prevention Center (DAPC) based in New Delhi, for the prevention of drugs and alcohol use among school dropout youths in Thimphu

Coinciding with the 109th National Day of Bhutan 2016, Lhak-Sam received the National Order of Merit (GOLD) from His Majesty the King

Lhak-Sam consecrates a small community based care center home on at Genekha on the user right certified land on lease from the government.

With support from MSA Grant, Lhak-Sam developed an instructor’s manual for comprehensive HIV and AIDS Treatment Literacy Module in 2018

Two more reveal their HIV/AIDs status in public at Samtse