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The Help
The HELP, formed in early 2007, is a grassroots Community-Based Organization focusing on prevention, care and support and advocacy targeting Men Who have Sex with Men (MSM). It was initiated by young and energetic MSM in Mandalay city in order to create a platform for the voices of vulnerable and stigmatized MSM to be heard and their issues to be taken up at the national level. The organization developed a range of programs to fulfil the unmet needs of MSM (including HIV-positive MSM) and to implement the GIPA-MIPA principle ensuring Greater and Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS in the AIDS response. All members of The HELP are MSM and almost half of them are living with HIV. The ultimate goals of The Help are to reduce stigma, discrimination and denial faced by HIV-positive MSM and PLHIV; to build a capable community of MSM and PLHIV who understand and can demand their rights; to increase access to HIV prevention, treatment and care among HIV-positive MSM and other PLHIV; and to strengthen networking among self-help groups of MSM and PLHIV.


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Profile in Brief
The Help
Asia & Pacific
Community-based organization (CBO)
Field of Work
Treatment, Care and Support
Punitive laws & discrimination
Populations Served
Men who have Sex with Men
Sex Workers
Young people
  • Throughout the past four years, The HELP has directly implemented HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support interventions among MSM and their partners and families.
  • It has increased knowledge of 340 HIV-positive MSM participants regarding safer sex and prevention of STIs and HIV, self-care practices, ARV-treatment, side effects, adherence, and promoted a positive outlook of life through self-acceptance and empowerment.
  • Promoted safer sex behaviours within MSM and PLHIV communities.
  • Equipped service providers and the PLHIV community with the knowledge and skills to supply and demand MSM and PLHIV friendly services.
  • Enabled 82 HIV-positive MSM to receive ART.
  • Developed educational pamphlets for MSM to have access to correct information about HIV testing, ARV drugs and therapy, condom distribution, and LGBT rights.
  • Ensured availability of condoms to meet the needs of the MSM population living in 5 underdeveloped rural areas which are difficult to access.
  • Updated existing public health programs on HIV, such as the National Strategic Plan (NSP 2011-2015), recent policies and laws regarding the protection of the rights of PLHIV, and registration of Community Service Organizations.
  • It has reached 885 MSM since 2007 with activities promoting behavioural changes.


  • International Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS(APN+)
  • Research Purple Sky Network (PSN)
  • Staying Alive Foundation (SAF)
  • AFAO (Australian Federation of AIDS Organization)
  • State Department (Washington D.C, USA)
  • IVLP Leadership skill buildings HREIB
  • Population Services International (PSI)
  • Marie Stopes International (MSI)
  • MPG (Myanmar Positive Group)
  • Local International HIV/AIDS Alliance


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Phone: 959 2060 248
Address: Corner of 63 Street and 40 Street,
Maha Myine- 2,
Mandalay city