CARAM Asia

Coordination of Action Research on AIDS and Mobility

CARAM Asia is a regional network of 42 members in twenty origin and destination countries spanning across Asia and the Middle East. CARAM Asia is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

We have been working for the promotion and protection of migrants’ labour and health rights with focus on HIV and AIDS issues since its establishment in 1997 with the secretariat based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Our Vision

All people have the right to stay or move and live and work in dignity with equal rights in a society, where their quality of life is ensured.

Our Mission

All people have the right to stay or move and live and work in dignity with equal rights in a society, where their quality of life is ensured.

  • Empower: To empower migrants, their families and communities throughout the migration process and build capacities of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) working for the promotion and protection of migrants’ health rights including sexual and reproductive health rights.
  • Evidence-based: To utilise Participatory Action Research (PAR) to ensure inclusion of migrant voices and perspectives on HIV vulnerabilities, migrant health status and potential policy prescriptions for effective national and regional advocacy.
  • Rights-based To use the rights based approach in promoting and protecting migrant health through interventions to reduce all vulnerabilities and improve social determinants of health throughout the migration process.

Principles & Frameworks

CARAM Asia endeavours to institutionalise and incorporate a rights based framework from which to address migrants’ health concerns. Two other frameworks used in developing and implementing programmes are the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV (GIPA) principles as well as gender and sexuality frameworks.

Approaches

Four key thrusts and pillars which provide momentum to CARAM Asia programmes are Participatory Action Research (PAR), national and regional advocacy, coalition building and capacity building for CBOs and NGOs working with migrant communities.

These approaches provide an impetus for the development of research, publications, campaigns and policy prescriptions for CARAM Asia programmes.

PAR has assisted migrants in developing information tools which empowers them to understand, provide solutions and better manage their own situations. The real strength in PAR is that it is conducted by local communities for local communities.

Outputs from PAR are used for key regional advocacy and capacity building activities aimed at creating a regional response to improving the health and well-being of Asian migrant workers.

Board of Directors

Name Organization Position
Andrew Samuel Community Development Services (CDS), Sri-Lanka Chairperson
Sajjad Akbar AMAL Human Development Network Treasurer
Glorene Amala Dass Tenaganita Member (Malaysian Residence)
Manju Gurung Pourakhi Member
Carmelita G.Nuqui Development Action for Women Network (Dawn) Member
Sumaiya Islam Bangladeshi Ovibashi Mohila Sramik Association Member
Mara Quesada-Bondad Action for Health Initiatives (ACHIEVE) Member
Elena S. Felix Migrant Migrant’s Representative

The Team

The CARAM Asia Secretariat operates from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Comprises of:

  • Musarrat Perveen (Regional Coordinator)
  • Elizabeth Deveraj (Finance Manager)
  • Parimala Devi Narayanasamy (Programme Officer)