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Welcome to the Salamander Trust

Transforming the way we think about HIV

Salamander Appeal:

Bridging the Digital Divide - please support our appeal to raise funds to share our materials with those with no internet access. Every little helps. Thankyou!

What we do:

Salamander aims to protect, promote and enhance the health and rights of people particularly, but not exclusively, marginalised by societies worldwide as a result of their gender, HIV status or sexual and reproductive health.

In doing this, we seek to promote sexual and reproductive health with HIV prevention, care and support, within a holistic, gender-based human rights framework.

How we do this:  Through training, global advocacy and research......

  TRAINING... click here                                      ADVOCACY... click here                                                  RESEARCH... click here


  • we raise awareness of relevant issues through the development and dissemination of print and multimedia materials;
  • we make presentations, attend, promote and host meetings on these issues;
  • we develop,  support and work closely with related networks;
  • we represent the views of those marginalised on the basis of their gender and sexual health status and enable them to express their own views;
  • we support the International Community Of Practice Network of over 1,000 organisations who are users of the "Stepping Stones" training programme on gender, HIV, communication and relationship skills, which was created by Salamander's Founding Director. The programme is now in use in over 100 countries around the world

We work at multiple levels: we engage with community activists, health and legal professionals, UN staff, parliamentarians, the media and the public at large.

Salamander Trust is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and as a registered charity in the UK. We are also registered for Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC ).

Why "Salamander"?

The salamander (orig. from the Persian: sām, "fire", and andarūn, "within") is a brightly coloured amphibious creature – one that is able to live on land or water. Uniquely among vertebrates, it is capable of regenerating lost limbs, as well as other body parts. It is also mythically renowned for its ability to resist and survive the intense heat of a fire.