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Udaan Trust, founded in 1992, is an Indian non-governmental organization operating in the state of Maharashtra and the first HIV/AIDS organization founded by homosexuals living with HIV/AIDS. Udaan focuses on issues of sexual health within the homosexual and transgender communities, particularly with regard to the prevention of HIV/AIDS. In order to accomplish this, Udaan provides services such as condom distribution, sex education, counseling, and medical services to at-risk populations.
Udaan also attempts to increase awareness of issues relevant to the rights of homosexual and transgender individuals and people living with HIV/AIDS. The organization does not merely provide services to these individuals - it is meant to reflect their interests, as Udaan employs MSM, TG, and PLHA people (men who have sex with men, transgender, and people living with HIV/AIDS, respectively). Each of the six members of the Board of Directors is a person living with HIV.
On March 7, 2011, officials of the U.S. Agency for International Development visited Udaan to conduct a review of its work.
On March 13, 2011, Udaan donated two ambulances to the Gurdaspur police and staffed them with drivers and paramedics.
Udaan is funded through personal donations, and attends to a network of an estimated 1500 people living with HIV. It has offices in Mumbai, Pune, Thane District, Raigad District, Jalgaon, Nashik, and Ahmednagar.
Udaan operates within the framework provided by Avert Society, a joint enterprise of the U.S. and Indian governments. It was among a number of similar organizations criticized as ineffective by India's National Aids Control Organization (NACO) in June 2011.
- U.S. Agency for International Development: Directory of Associations of People Living with HIV/Aids, July 2004, accessed February 19, 2012
- Udaan Trust: Objective, accessed February 19, 2012
- Staff writer (June 24, 2002). "Udaan: Dedicated to problems of gays". The Times of India. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
- AVERT: USAID Team Visit, March 7, 2011, accessed February 19, 2011
- "2 ambulances donated to Gurdaspur police". The Tribune (India). March 14, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
- Udaan Trust: Projects, accessed February 19, 2012
- Sumitra Deb Roy (June 23, 2011). "AIDS work by 8 NGOs in state dubbed failures". The Times of India. Retrieved February 19, 2012.
- Udaan Trust website