About Us

a step towards a new trail

Introduction

The Naya Goreto (NG) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to work with the vulnerable population especially socially excluded and marginalized  people such as People Who Use Drug, People Living with HIV and their family members, Street children who are vulnerable to Drug addiction and HIV infection for transform their lives. Established in 2003 by a handful of people who use drug, people living with HIV and some and prominent visionary professionals, NG has quickly become a premier national organization that is committed to struggle for well being of these groups in Nepal. With an affiliation with governmental (Social Welfare Council) and international non-governmental bodies (Asian Network People Who Use Drug-ANPUD and Global Network of People Living with HIV - GNP+), NG has become a leader in advocating the social issues of series national concern mainly with universal health and human rights of these groups.  Therefore, NG works in partnership with some of the national and international organizations including Nepal Government to uses its expertise, knowledge and experiences for reducing vulnerability of those populations mainly in health and human rights sectors has achieved its targeted goals till date.

NG Characteristic:

The founding members and individuals envisioned an organization that would enable vulnerable communities to raise their issues for meaningful participation in social development and thereby act upon social injustices, discrimination and oppression towards them. Being a pioneer in developing innovative social programs, NG does not aim to compete, duplicate or replicate social programs but try to bring all the very best people and ideas to achieve best results. The organization works at very local level to empower marginalized and vulnerable groups before engaging them in national and international mainstream programs. By creating a common platform, NG provides a means for vulnerable groups to become more effective in completing their vital tasks and achieving progress at the grass root and policy level. NG wants its members to be inspired into positive action based on their passions. Therefore, NG has

  • Highly professional and skilled, trained or educated staffs/volunteers in drug,    TB/HIV, public health, advocacy, education, social work, social activism, communication, and psycho-social counseling.
  • Members are from different backgrounds, nationalities and cultures. 

 

Targeted Population:

The major targeted groups of NG are marginalized and  vulnerable groups of Nepalese community mainly People Who Uses Drugs (PWUD), People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) and their family members including Children, Population with high risk of Drug use and HIV infection such as Street Children, Youth and Women groups, TB patients, Government Officials and Policy Makers, Public and Private Service Providers, Social Activists, Media Personnel, Political Parties, Local Communities, Civil Societies; and all other stakeholders who are directly or indirectly working in the field of health and human rights issues of these groups.

Purposes:

The NG adopts the following purposes and objectives:

  1. To educate and empower vulnerable groups through different programs like  trainings, campaigning, workshops, especial day celebration, income generating activities and field visits on specific issue.
  2. to advocate for ensuring meaningful participation of marginalized and vulnerable group at local, regional and national programs and policies making process for securing their fundamental rights
  3. To assist marginalized and vulnerable communities in raising their voice to create a better society and nation: socially, economically, environmentally, politically and morally.
  4. To support marginalized and vulnerable group to achieve their basic needs and rights for dignified living
  5. To create an enabling environment for physical, economical, mental and social growth of marginalized and vulnerable groups in partnership with various agencies
  6. To promote networking with other organizations for developing sustainable and comprehensive programs of marginalized and vulnerable groups.

NG Program history:

NG programs are largely focus on Education, Health and Human Rights, Social Development and Livelihood. Some of the key programs of NG are:

  • Advocacy Programs
  • Interaction Programs,
  • Sensitization Programs,
  • Training Programs (Vocational and Non-Vocational trainings),
  • Especial Day Celebrations
  • Outreach Activities,
  • Awareness/ Orientations Programs,
  • F.M programs
  • Needles syringe exchange programs
  • Primary Health Care services
  • Income generating

 

NG working experiences:

  1. Advocacy Program for female drug users with stake holder and policy makers in collaboration with Australian Federation of AIDS organization (AFAO).The project on Targeted Advocacy for Female IDUs in Nepal was started from 9th February 2004 to 4th July 2004 implemented in Kathmandu valley, through Focus Group Discussion of beneficiaries and Orientation and Interaction with targeted groups. The project had reached to 192 participants including 30 medical professionals, 36 stakeholders and 38 policy makers; and able to expose the female drug users issues at local and national level for affirmative action.
  1. Basic HIV and AIDS Trainings for females in collaboration with UNIFEM. The training included 82 participants‟ representatives from specific groups like House Wives, Female IDU's, Labor, Sex Workers, Spouse of Male IDU's, and School/college. The training program enhanced the level of understanding on HIV and AIDS among vulnerable population.
  1. Community and Home Based Care Training (CHBC) in collaboration with National Center for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) to health workers of Kavre district. Many health workers after this training are working in various CHBC centers of Nepal.
  1. Condom Day Celebration in collaboration with Academy for Educational Development (AED). More than 1000 people are aware of use of condom for healthy living and protection of HIV infection.
  1. Media Advocacy on Harm Reduction Program in collaboration with United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) for media personnel in five different regions of Nepal namely Dhangadhi, Mahendranagar, Pokhara, Biratnagar and Kathmandu. The project had reached to 55 media personnel and 243 participants and highlighted the importance of Harm Reduction program through mass media.
  1. One Day Media Sensitization on Harm Reduction in collaboration with United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) for media personnel and celebrities. In addition NG also accomplished
    1.  2 Days Media Trainings in nine different districts of Nepal for more than 250 media personnel. The key output of this training is that media personnel are able to cover the issues from rights' perspective and appropriate use of word. Furthermore, a briefing kit was developed for covering drug, HIV and AIDS.
    2. FM programs developed and broadcasted in various FM stations with social Dramas on various issues of FSW's, IDU's, MSM and the Migrant Laborers.
    3. 1st National Media Conference on HIV and AIDS on 19th December, 2008 in collaboration with UNDP/PMU. The major output of the conference was the 8 point Kathmandu Declaration and the Formation of 13 Member National Media Adhoc Committee on HIV and AIDS.
    4. Follow up programs for District Media Strategy on HIV and AIDS conducted in three districts namely Jhapa, Parsa and Chitwan. NG also able to establish 3 Media Coordination Committee of 11 members in the all districts for better coordination among stakeholders and media for reporting and coverage of Drug, HIV and AIDS issues.
  1. Media Orientation to the Network Members in collaboration with UNDP/PMU of Injecting Drug users, People Living with HIV and AIDS and Men having sex with Men. The major outcome of this program was to initiate effective collaboration with media and its members for better coverage of Drug, HIV and AIDS issues in mass media
  1. International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2009 celebrated jointly with District Development Committee, Lalitpur District Public Health Office, Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City, Patan Fellowship and Ward Health Implementation Committees 6 and 18. The major outcome of this event was the collaboration with local governmental bodies, Political parties and drug users with their commitments for the initiation of programs related to drug, HIV and AIDS in Lalitpur. In addition, the event reached to more than 20,000 local people including with key activities related to prevention, promotion, and treatments like exhibition, street drama shows and PHC services with a mobile VCT and Drug Counseling sections.
  1. 2nd National Media Conference on HIV and AIDS in collaboration with UNDP/PMU for on 19th August, 2009. The key output of this conference was the formation of National Media Coordination Committee with a representative from all the Development Regions of Nepal and vulnerable communities.
  1. Establishment of Drop in Center for Prevention of Transmission of HIV among Drug Users Program in Nepal in collaboration with UNODC for the establishment of Drop In Center to prevent drug users from HIV infection in Lalitpur district. The project has succeeded to sensitize/orient community members on Harm Reduction, and able to reach among IDUs, their family and other stakeholders with various health services.
  1. Advocacy for Balanced Policy and strategy Development for Drug Use and Response in Nepal in collaboration with DOI/UNESCO for CA members of Nepal to incorporate Harm Reduction Principles in the redrafted constitution. It has successfully reached 171 CA members representing various parties. The major output of the program is CA members are committed to raise harm reduction issues in different committees of CA for incorporating the drug issues in national health policy.
  1. Comprehensive Package for female Injecting Drug users in collaboration with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as a principle recipient (PR) ; and funded to  Dristi Nepal  as Sub Recipient to implement the project in Kathmandu and Sunsari district with the establishment of Drop In center and Day Care center in the respective districts. The major outcome of the project was increase in accessibilities of female drug users for better harm reduction services; and prevention of HIV and AIDS among them and their partners.
  2. Bridging the Gaps: Health and Rights of key population in collaboration with The Mainline Foundation was from1st Sep 2011 to 31st Dec 2013 in Lalitpur district. The main objective of this project was to advocate and lobby the political party members, government officials and other key stakeholders to formulate a friendly policy for securing their human rights of the people who use drugs. NG was able to sensitize more than 150 political party members and more than 100 key stakeholders including key populations, local government officials and related stakeholders on health and human rights of People using drugs and people living with HIV and AIDS. Through this innovative program, WHO has published Naya Goreto case study in meaningful participation of PWUDs in Consolidated Guidelines on HIV Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and care for Key Population-2014                                                                                                                                            http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/128048/1/9789241507431_eng.pdf?ua=1                                                                                                        
  3. Training on Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) for People Who Inject Drug (PWID) in Collaboration with Treat Asia/amfAR from 1st March 2014 to 30th May 2014. The main objective of this training was to sensitize and enhance their knowledge on HCV among PWID. Through this program NG was able to train 179 PWIDs members in three district of Nepal namely, Kathmandu, Kaski and Rupandehi.
  4. Orientation on Drug and HIV to School, College students and Women’s Group in collaboration with Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City from mid-February 2013 to 2016. The main objective of this program was to inform and aware the school/college students and women of Lalitpur district on the Drug, HIV and AIDS issue. The increase of awareness among students and women about the drug, HIV and AIDS and effective mobilization of people using drug in awareness campaign are the major outcomes of this orientation program.
  5. Intensified TB Case Finding among PLHIV and Vulnerable Group of Nepal program was launched in 15th May 2014 to 15th November 2015. The main objective of the program was to minimize the TB related deaths among PLHIV and other key populations in ten different districts of Nepal namely: Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Rupendhehi, Palpa, Kaski, Baglung, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Doti, and Achham. In order to actively engage and empower the PWID and PLHIV community, NG mobilized these groups to reach the unknown PLHIV and PWID cases at grass root level. Since their mobilization, Naya Goreto volunteers has identified a total of 287 new TB cases among PLHIV, PWID and other most-at-risk population.The key achievement of this project is that the NG’s effort is well-recognized and published by Stop TB Partnership as a success story.                                                                                                                                                                                                         http://www.stoptb.org/global/awards/tbreach/interactive/pages/countries18nepal_8.html,  http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.16.179119                                                                                                                                                                                            
  6. Naya Goreto Recovery Home is a recent social venture of Naya Goreto for substance dependency. Established in 3rd May 2015, the recovery home provides safe space for individuals who want to change their lives through recovery. With an affordable cost, NG serves to a client’s personal needs through multi-disciplinary addictions, counsellors and medical professionals. In addition, our qualified staffs also seek out for any symptoms of common co-occurring disorders such as bi-polar disorder, depressions, anxiety, personality disorder and many more that are concurrent with substance dependency.                          

Selected Historical Milestones in Tuberculosis (TB) Field

NG in collaboration with National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP) implemented the Nepal National Strategic Plan 2010- 2015 - Implementation Stop TB Strategy from Nov 2010 to Jul 2013.

Implemented districts in 2011:

Kathmandu, Rupandehi, Chitwan and Kaski districts of Nepal

Accomplished Activities:

 TB/HIV collaboration activities:

  • TB/HIV training to PLHIV group through their existing network
  • Treatment literacy and adherence training to TB/HIV co-infected people
  • TB/HIV orientation to Volunteers and support group
  • Carry out intensified case finding among HIV vulnerable groups.
  • TB/HIV advocacy campaign for NGO's/CBO's working in HIV
  • TB/HIV co-infected patient/client to patient /client education
  • TB/HIV orientation to religious and faith healers
  • TB/HIV orientation to mothers and women groups
  • TB/HIV orientation to school and college students
  • Street drama on TB/HIV by co-infected patient
  • Establish support group for TB/HIV client
  • Empowerment human rights, legal support information, Demand creation, involve infected and affected in decision making fight against stigma and discrimination (MIPA/GIPA)
  • Income generating and socio economic rehabilitation

Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilization Activities (ACSM):

  • Celebrate world TB day

Implemented districts in 2012:

Kathmandu, Argakhanchi, Rupandehi, Kaski, Dhanusa, and Chitwan districts of Nepal

Accomplished Activities:

TB/HIV collaboration activities:

  • Health Education Session on infection control for FCHV's to provide communities with information on spread of disease, cough etiquette, importance of ventilating homes for all TB patients
  • Conduct VCT training for health workers working in TB treatment center
  • TB/HIV training to PLHIV group through their existing network
  • Treatment literacy and adherence training to TB/HIV co-infected people
  • TB/HIV orientation to Volunteers and support group
  • Workshop to establish and scale up cross referral system between VCT and dots center sites
  • Carry out intensified case finding among HIV vulnerable groups.
  • Carryout intensified HIV case findings amongst all TB patients at registration
  • TB/HIV advocacy and awareness activities for leaders organization and service providers.
  • TB/HIV advocacy campaign for NGO's/CBO's working in HIV
  • TB/HIV co-infected patient/client to patient /client education
  • TB/HIV orientation to village development committee members and dots committee
  • TB/HIV orientation to religious and faith healers
  • TB/HIV orientation to mothers and women groups
  • TB/HIV orientation to school and college students
  • Street drama on TB/HIV by co-infected patient
  • TB/HIV orientation to army and police
  • Establish support group for TB/HIV client
  • Empowerment human rights, legal support information, Demand creation, involve infected and affected in decision making fight against stigma and discrimination (MIPA/GIPA)
  • Income generating and socio economic rehabilitation
  • Vocational training

ACSM Activities:

  • Empowerment of patient and human rights, legal support, information, demand creation 
  • Street drama on TB
  • Develop terms and reference and receive consultancy service for KAP study and carryout baseline
  • KAP study on TB among community people

Implemented districts in 2013:

Kaski, Palpa, Gorkha districts of Nepal

Accomplished Activities:

TB/HIV collaboration activities:

  • Conduct VCT Training for Health Workers working in TB treatment center, public and private sectors
  • Basic TB/HIV Training to BHS staff (DOTS and VCT centers) and NGOs
  • Basic TB Training for Health Workers working in HIV/AIDS (Public, NGO, private Sector) - training Manual exist
  • Workshop to establish and scale up cross referral system between VCT and DOTS centers/sites
  • Carry out intensified TB case finding among HIV vulnerable groups
  • TB/HIV advocacy campaign for NGOs/CBOs working in HIV
  • District level orientation on TB/HIV to National Network Group members of Female Sex Workers, IDUs, MSM, transport workers (MARPs)
  • TB/HIV sensitization to District AIDS Coordination Committee, TB HIV Coordination Sub Committee, District Development Committee members
  • TB/HIV orientation to school and college students (specific target to young boys and girls)
  • Street drama on TB/HIV by patient infected with TB/HIV (HIV positive street drama group exist)
  • Supervision from SR to region and district

 ACSM Activities:  

  • Organize workshop to develop/revise district level ACSM plan
  • Identify partner organization (NGOs and CBOs) and reinforcement their capacity to facilitate ACSM activities in target districts
  • Conduct various TB awareness activities among migrants, and internally displaced groups
  • TB awareness activities among ethnic minorities, dalits, and other unreached groups by TB
  • Conduct school health program on TB in 75 districts (through Child to Child Approach)
  • Organize community awareness campaigns in urban slums using community mobiliser
  • Celebrate World TB Day (24th March)

The major achievements of three years programs are:

  • Able to awareness general people and related stakeholders on TB, HIV and TB/HIV co-infection issues
  • Developed and revised ACSM plan activities in project implemented districts.
  • Aware target groups on TB, TB/HIV co infection for creating mass awareness among the PLHA's and the general people
  • Empowered PLHA's and general people through different programs including trainings, orientation programs, awareness programs, advocacy programs etc.
  • Accomplished Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) study on tuberculosis among community people with key findings on TB of five regions
  • Conducted health education session on infection control able to reach 3000 FCHVs from 19 different districts of Nepal.
  • Supported 14 TB/HIV infected people financially, who were in poor economic condition to improve their standard of living
  • Provided vocational trainings to 21 needy and willing TB, TB/HIV infected patients for bringing additional livelihood options in their lives
  • Organized HIV counseling training to 49 health personnel from private and government sectors in three districts namely Illam, Kailali and Dhanusa for building capacity in TB/HIV field
  • Conducted 25 street dramas in six districts of Nepal to create awareness on TB, HIV and TB/HIV co-infection issues

 

NG Coverage Area