Advancing Partners & Communities Signs an MOU for Key Population Services in Guyana
Signing of the MOU. From left to right: Dr. Dennison Davis (PUSH), Dr. Adele Mack (PUSH), Lisa Thompson (APC), Alessandra Herman (APC), Dr. Malikka Mootoo (PUSH) and Dr. Ruth Jacobs (APC). Photo credit: Tomaisha Hendricks
On November 17th, 2016, Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) signed a ground breaking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with partners in Guyana to strengthen services for members of key populations, including groups that engage in sex work, men who have sex with men and transgendered individuals. APC, supported by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief collaborates with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Positively United to Support Humanity (PUSH) project to provide various HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for key populations in Guyana.
Key populations in Guyana continue to experience higher rates of infections and lower enrollment in treatment, care and support than the general population. APC works to ensure key populations have access to holistic HIV services in order to increase early enrollment for antiretroviral therapy (ART), and improve adherence to ART to achieve HIV viral suppression.
The MOU formally acknowledges the collaboration between APC, Davis Memorial Hospital (DMH) and PUSH. The collaboration will focus on expanding facility and community-based partnerships for quality care, and enabling an environment for service uptake.