Guyana

February 05, 2018

This rapid assessment was conducted in Guyana to gather information on the programmatic and capacity needs of the non-governmental organisations supported through APC to implement services for key populations as well as the structural challenges faced by these NGOs.

SASOD serves as a key part in executing PEPFAR’s current priorities in Guyana through regionally focused efforts among the Key Populations, with the eventual goal of zero new HIV infections. The “ASK” project introduces a wide range of activities including new prevention and testing events, training workshops, referrals, case migration, stakeholder engagement and Key Population empowerment.

LCF plays a critical role in the community’s response to the HIV epidemic in Region #10 by enacting the Treatment Cascade which includes: Identification of Key Populations; Navigation/Enrollment; Initiate on ART; Retention on ART; Viral Suppression; and Transitioning of Client.

LCS collaborates and networks with the Ministry of Public Health through the National AIDS Program Secretariat (NAPS) to deliver effective HIV prevention services and products, testing and care services for key populations (men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and their clients). This is done by providing a quality prevention program (Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention (PHDP)), navigating to HIV care and treatment clinics, and promoting gender equity and reduction of sexual and gender-based violence, stigma and discrimination to the key population.

Hope for All continues work within the fields of HIV with emphasis on care and support for Key Population Living with HIV by providing a space for clients to receive the services they need, linking them to treatment and having these person remain in care. Hope For All provides home visits to clients who are struggling with disclosure and adherence providing them with the necessary information which will help them life longer and healthier life.

GTU provides peer education that promotes health seeking behaviors amongst key populations to reduce their vulnerability to STI and HIV, while simultaneously providing care and support information and referral for care and support services through provision of a safe and secure space that is conducive to every person within the key population with the freedom to gender expression and information. This will ultimately contribute to capacity building and empowerment within the local transgender community.

FACT provides care and support services to sex workers, transgendered individuals and men who have sex with men, and retains these clients in care, helping them to achieve wellness and graduate into independent individuals.

Comforting Hearts implements a care and support program that seeks to eliminate stigma, discrimination and other onerous experiences related to HIV treatment and care for Key Population members Living with HIV/AIDS and People Living with HIV/AIDS; continues to mobilize the community to assist OVC; and provides a gender-sensitive afterschool program, life skills training, and linkages with vocational and job readiness training and expand gender-based violence awareness and prevention programs.

Artistes designs client-responsive interventions for MSM, sex workers and their clients at higher risk for HIV infection and transmission. Artistes will provide 3-5 of the services recommended as national standard for the minimum package of prevention services –outreach education, mobile testing and small group level HIV preventive interventions that are based on evidence and meet the minimum standards required prevention education.

YCG addresses the HIV prevention needs of Most-at-Risk Populations (MARPs) and addresses stigma and discrimination through strengthening the network of sex workers to support prevention and skill building of their colleagues and other MARPs in the community; engaging sex workers in community mobilization and outreach; creating networks to reduce the number of women and girls who engage in sex work; and provide HIV testing services to sex workers, miners, and adjacent community members in Region 8, coordinated with prevention services.

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