Guyana

Office Staff

  • Lisa Thompson, Chief of Party
  • Tomaisha Hendricks, Prevention Officer
  • Nicholas Persaud, Stigma & Gender Officer
  • Dr. Ruth Jacobs, Care & Support Officer
  • Tonia Newton, Finance Manager
  • Dionne Thompson, Grant Accountant
  • Joel De Mendonca, Strategic Information Intern
  • Tzaddi Frank, Administrative Officer
  • Robert Whyte, Driver
  • Dale De Mendonca, Driver
  • Shamar Wilson, Social Media Intern
  • Alessandra Hereman, Key Populations Intern

Contact Information

Advancing Partners & Communities - Guyana
Lot 6 Oleander Avenue
Belair Park, Georgetown
231-1123-4 & 226-4785

Goals of APC/Guyana

The goals for APC in Guyana is to provide technical assistance for local NGOs/FBOs/CBOs implementing activities that are evidence-based, cost-effective and efficiently designed to reduce transmission and impact of HIV through an integrated community response and in support of the MOH response to HIV in Guyana. In Guyana, APC supports 11 NGOs across eight of the 10 administrative regions: Artistes in Direct Support, Agape Network, Comforting Hearts, the FACT Group, G-Plus, Hope for All, Hope Foundation, Lifeline Counselling, Linden Care, United Bricklayers and Youth Challenge Guyana.

Office Objectives

  1. Improve the operational framework for local NGOs to reach key affected populations and provide services
  2. Improve the efficiency of service delivery to reduce unit costs
  3. Strengthen the partnership between NGOs and the Government to expand services with the same amount of investment and ensure the viability of the NGOs’ role in the national HIV response
  4. Explore initiatives to ensure sustainability of NGO programming based on best practices

Primary Activities

APC provides technical assistance to improve the structures and operation framework of grantee, enhance efficiency of service delivery and strengthen partnerships among all stake holders. APC’s scope of activities focuses on the development and implementation of guidelines and standard operating procedures for Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC), Home-Based Care (HBC), Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and Positive Health and Dignity Prevention for person living with HIV (PHDP) programmes and financial management system coupled with support to national priorities such as mental health, mobile health services, stigma, discrimination and gender-based violence and bidirectional referrals.

Health Areas

HIV Prevention -key affected Populations (KAPs)*

  • Prevention of Sexually Transmitted HIV infections
  • HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC)
  • Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention for people living with HIV

Care and Support

  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)
  • Adult Care and Support

Specific Crosscutting Areas

  • Stigma and Discrimination (S&D) Reduction
  • Promotion of Gender Equity & Reduction of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
  • Private sector engagement

KAPs are individuals affected by HIV and AIDS or at risk of being infected by the disease such as sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender persons, and other vulnerable populations (clients of sex workers, miners, loggers, and populations adjacent to mining and logging communities).

News from Guyana

2017

April 12, 2017 | General News

Artistes in Direct Support (Artistes), a non-profit supported by Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) presented an HIV-focused skit for a downtown crowd in Georgetown, Guyana.

March 27, 2017 | Article

APC grantees Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Guyana Trans United are advocating to change a discriminatory law against transgender people in Guyana. 

January 19, 2017 | Announcement

APC is partnering with the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company in Guyana to reach people living with HIV through mobile technology.

2016

November 18, 2016 | Announcement

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.

March 30, 2016 | Article

On Thursday March 17, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) and the Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) – Guyana Project held their seventh monthly “Lunch Talk” forum focused on “Women and Workplace Discrimination” as part of a series of activities being held to commemorate International Women’s Day 2016 observed on March 8.