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Naz Foundation India

About the Organisation

Naz Foundation (India) Trust was founded in 1994 and is committed to raising awareness to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing support to those affected by it, with sensitivity and confidentiality. Subsequently, programmes like the Women’s Sexual Health Program, 1995, CSS (Care and Support Services - 1996), TICU (Trucker’s Intervention Co-ordination Unit - 1999) - a clinical intervention to control STDs and bring about behaviour change to check the spread of HIV, Research and the Care Home, 2001, were introduced. With the HIV epidemic in India having entered its second phase, shifting the emphasis from HIV education and prevention to Care and Support for people living with HIV/AIDS became essential.

The Naz Foundation Board

  1. The NAZ foundation Board comprises individuals who share a common belief in the mission.
  2. While skills and expertise have been an important consideration, its been equally important to ensure that there is unconditional faith in the vision and the mission of the organisation.
  3. Demonstrated professional and personal integrity has been a non-negotiable criterion in selecting Board members given the nature of Naz’s work and sphere of influence.
  4. Board members are expected to maintain very high standards of confidentiality whilst being transparent and accountable on behalf of the organisation. Therefore there is ample discussion on this aspect with any potential Board member being considered.
  5. There is an articulated discussion on individual responsibilities and expectations are realistic
  6. Attitudes towards sexuality and a gender balance are also important criteria that are considered in selecting Board members.
  7. The Board involves itself in specific programme aspects only at the request of the CEO , yet is proactive in supporting the organisation and its mission.
  8. Board member engagement happens largely by encouraging them to visit programmes and activities of the organisation.
  9. Communication is optimal and mostly restricted to important developments within the organisation. All other discussions are conducted at Board meetings.
  10. It has been important to not ‘burden’ Board members with ‘too much information’.
  11. Board members are also encouraged to contribute financially to the organisation because this instills a greater sense of ownership among them towards the organisation.
  12. There is a conflict of Interest policy and no Board member receives any financial benefit from the organisation.
  13. Staff ‘s access to Board members is only through the CEO.

Naz Foundation (India) may be contacted at

A-86, East of Kailash, New Delhi – 110049 Delhi, INDIA Tel: 91 11 26567049