about us

Lhak-Sam, which translates to altruism, embodies the principle of selflessly considering others before oneself. Established in 2010, Lhak-Sam is the sole Bhutan Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (BNP+) registered under the Civil Society Organization Authority (CSOA) of Bhutan.

On October 8th, 2009, eight PLHIV (four males and four females) residing in the city convened for the inaugural coordination meeting in Thimphu. During these gatherings, a rule was established to keep the meeting room door tightly shut, communicate in hushed tones, and remain vigilant for potential eavesdroppers. Our actions were driven by our own fears and preconceptions.


Our objective and values

W e strive 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.

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Helvetas Bhutan

Ministry of Health

The Global Fund

Save the Children Bhutan

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

Bhutan Civil Society Network


Asia-Pacific regional civil society network

Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health

Asia Pacific Network of people Living with HIV/AIDS

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

United Nations