Lhak-Sam (BNP+) is the first network of HIV positive people in Bhutan which was formed in September 2009 by a group of positive people in Thimphu. Lhaksam was registered as a civil society organization (CSO) on 26th November 2010 with the main aim to provide and promote leadership, education and capacity building to people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their families, establish linkages with regional and international networks of PLHIV.
Encouraged by the Ministry of Health, the group expanded to other districts and set its mission 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 responses to HIV/AIDS and its impact. It currently has 107 members (51 females and 45 males) across the country and an executive committee (comprising of 8 members) has been formed that makes all major decisions for the group. The executive director (male) and the General Secretary (female) have been elected from among the member.
“To create a society thats 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 a 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.
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/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.