APC/Dominican Republic’s goal is to achieve a sustainable reduction in HIV transmission among key populations and an improved quality of life for people living with HIV in the Dominican Republic. The APC/DR team works to improve access to integrated, high quality HIV services to key populations (MSM/TG, MSW, FSW, PLHIV, clients of SW, other vulnerable groups) by strengthening the technical and organizational capacity of NGOs and community-based organizations through sub-grants, monitoring, and mentoring. APC has selected four consortia of regional or national partners that implement HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programs for key populations with special emphasis on individuals from key populations, other vulnerable populations, and people who are living with HIV in four geographic areas of the Dominican Republic. This includes 14 provinces and 75% of the country´s population.
The main objectives of APC/DR are:
- Improved technical and organizational capacity of NGOs and CBOs serving key populations
- Improved access to a defined package of integrated STI/HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, community care and support services for key populations
- Improved quality of HIV/AIDS services for key populations
- Strengthened public private network to facilitate the continuum of HIV prevention to care
- Contribute to the sustainability (programmatic, organizational and financial) and autonomy of the principal actors in the key populations’ response, with reduced dependency on external funding
- Work with non-governmental (NGO) networks and regional government health managers to build their technical and organizational capacity
- Support grantees to improve their ability to manage their respective organizational systems and networks to meet USAID and other donor requirements while providing effective HIV services for key populations in their region.
- Document and technically improving models including combination HIV prevention, referral systems for clinical services and reaching and retaining key populations in comprehensive HIV care.
- HIV prevention and care services
- Key populations such as men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people (TG), female sex workers (FSW), and people living with HIV
- Sustainability of the community and government response to HIV
- Reduce HIV prevalence and incidence
- Community care and support for people living with HIV