Swabhimaan, which means ‘self-esteem’, addresses the core issue of self-stigma and discrimination challenges through structured advocacy programmes. It promotes PLHIV to gain confidence in addressing community health and development issues and actively achieve the MDGs in their networks. It synthesized learnings from the previous two programmes and tailored the curriculum to best meet the needs of participants living with HIV infection. The 2-week highly subsidised residential programme backed by follow-up visits is offered in English/Telugu/Kannada/Tamil/Hindi.

Collaboration with state level Positive Networks and the Indian Network of Positive People (INP+) create an environment where trained participants are now a core group that innovates plans to lead, train and advocate on their own for a life of dignity.