Saath-Saath Project

In support of the Government of Nepal (GON), USAID’s Saath-Saath Project reduces the transmission and impact of HIV and AIDS and improves reproductive health among key affected populations.

Nepal’s first HIV case was detected in 1988. Today, the country has a concentrated HIV epidemic with almost 40,000 adults and children living with HIV, and an estimated overall adult HIV prevalence (15-49 years) of 0.20 percent, the highest among South Asian countries.

In 2013, USAID commemorated 20 years of continued support and partnership to the GON’s national HIV response. USAID helped develop epidemic-tailored programs for Nepal’s Key Affected Population (KAPs) and people living with HIV and their families. USAID’s efforts have also improved access to services designed to prevent and manage sexually transmitted infections. At the same time, USAID’s programs have led to improved HIV-related prevention, care, support, and treatment services in Nepal, supporting Millennium Development Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.