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Group: Kapul Champions

kapul-championsWho we are

Kapul Champions (KC) is an independent organisation for men with diverse sexualities (MDS) and transgender (TG) individuals.

We have a board of TG and MDS representing the various regions of Papua New Guinea (PNG), a secretariat based in Varahe Street, Gordons, National Capital District (NCD) – at the National AIDS Council office; as well as members all across the country.

KC was launched in 2012 by the PNG Minister of Health and HIV, Mr. Michael Malabag. We are currently funded by AusAID and supported by the Australian federation of Aids Organisation, Igat Hope Inc, UNAIDS in PNG and PNG Development Law Association.

Our vision and mission

Our vision is that our members and all MDS and TG in PNG enjoy their health and well-being. Our Mission is to work in partnership with others to improve access to services and to help MDS and TG live free of abuse. KC runs community forum with MDS and TG in different parts of PNG to share information about HIV, the Law and our rights that comes with responsibilities.

What we do

KC aims to represent MDS and TG in National Policy and Health discussions. We aim to raise the voices and concerns of MDS & TG particular in the planning and implementing of HIV services.

We engage with the government and other stakeholders to promote Human Rights protection for MDS and TG and advocate for a change to the law impacting MDS. Specifically, section 210 – regarding the offence of sexual penetration against the order of nature, and section 212 – regarding the offence of gross indecency between males.

We work to support individual MDS and TG to galvanise their local TG and MDS communities, as well as raise awareness on HIV, their Human Rights and the Law as it applies to them.