C-SHaRP is managed by a board of Directors and Dr. Venkatesan Chakrapani, M.D., is the Chairperson, Board of Directors.


Dr. Venkatesan Chakrapani M.D.

Dr. Venkatesan Chakrapani, M.D., is a medical doctor with specialization in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV, and graduated from Madras Medical College in 2001. He has consulted for several national and international agencies such as Technical Assistance Support Team of National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), India HIV/AIDS Alliance, and World Health Organisation – Southeast Asia Regional office. He has 15 years of experience in conducting socio-behavioural and policy research studies that have focused on sexual and reproductive health, stigma and discrimination, and health inequities among people living with HIV and other marginalized groups such as men who have sex with men, transgender people, injecting drug users, and sex workers.

As principal research investigator, he has been granted funding for more than 10 research studies - from agencies in India (ICMR), Canada (CIHR), U.K. (DFID), and U.S.A. (NIH). He has authored/co-authored 33 articles in international and national peer-reviewed journals, five bookchapters, and more than 50 policy/technical reports with recommendations for government agencies like NACO; and several presentations in national/international conferences. He has trained several governmental and non-governmental health care providers on the sexual health issues of sexual minorities and prepared training materials (See his website –www.indianLGBThealth.info). He was the recipient of several awards including the US government’s National Institute of Health Fogarty fellowship from the Yale University, USA; and the Fund for Leadership Development (FLD) fellowship of the MacArthur Foundation, India. He has recently received a five-year public health research senior fellowship from Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance through School of Public Health, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India (For more details: http://www.wellcomedbt.org/fellowsprofile/dr-venkatesan-chakrapani-md-319 ).

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Dr. Vijay Anthony Prabhu, M.D.

Dr. Vijay Anthony Prabhu, M.D., is a medical doctor with specialization in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV, and graduated from Madras Medical College in 2002. He serves as a Consultant Intensive Care Physician in a multi-speciality hospital in Chennai. He also provides Specialist Consultant HIV treatment and care services, besides STI management, to people living with HIV/AIDS. He has consulted for National and International non-governmental agencies to implement and scale up STI Preventive services including the Voluntary Health Services (VHS), targeting special intervention populations such as men who have sex with men, and female and transgender sex workers. At the International Education & Training Center on HIV (I-TECH), a collaborative project between the University of Washington (UW) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), he conceptualised and implemented an one-year residential Fellowship Training Programme Curriculum on HIV for junior doctors preparing them as Clinical Leaders in Antiretroviral therapy. He also served as Master Trainer for the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) and Consultant to regional/faith-based NGOs in Capacity Building, Training and implementation of Care and Support programmes.


Mr. Murali Shanmugam, M.S.W.

Mr. Murali Shanmugam, M.S.W., is a social worker by profession graduated from Madras Christian College in 2002. Since then he has been working in the field of HIV/AIDS managing several national and international research and advocacy projects. Previously he has worked with community agencies including Indian Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS as Project Manager in an International project supported by Asia Pacific Council of AIDS Service Organizations (APCASO). Together with Dr. Venkatesan Chakrapani he has co-authored more than 10 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and presented several papers in international and national AIDS conferences in the areas of stigma and discrimination, and access to health services for marginalised communities such as men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and people living with HIV. He is a member of the professional social workers association, Chennai. He also served as Master Trainer to strengthen the policy analysis and advocacy capacity of several community-based organizations and networks for people living with HIV/AIDS in Tamil Nadu.