Artistes in Direct Support

Artistes in Direct Support is a non-profit, community-based organization focused on HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infection (STI) education. Volunteers and staff educate at-risk populations through the performing arts, media, and peer education. With the additional funding from USAID, Artistes in Direct Support has expanded their scope of work to include community mobilization, capacity building, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT), and outreach services for men having sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers (FSW).

Grants Received

GM-0050: Improving Capacity to Deliver Effective HIV Services for Key Affected Populations in Guyana

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    Award Period:
    February 01, 2014 to September 30, 2015

 Country: Guyana  |  Associated APC Country Office: Guyana

With additional funding from a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), Artistes in Direct Support plans to expand their resources. The grant covers continued services for at risk populations including peer education and refresher training services, support group activities, capacity building through skills training and risk reduction counseling, VCT, referrals for other services, and monthly awareness outreaches. Artistes in Direct Support utilizes the Path For Life (MSM) and Keep the Light On (FSW) manuals that are currently widely used to address these key populations.

Keywords: Guyana, capacity building, HIV/AIDS, key populations, testing and counseling, training

GM-0016

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    Award Period:
    September 01, 2013 to January 31, 2014

 Country: Guyana  |  Associated APC Country Office: Guyana

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), Artistes in Direct Support implements HIV/AIDS prevention activities through prevention packages that target several points in the pathway to HIV infection, address major drivers of HIV epidemics with efficacious primary interventions, improve the effectiveness of these interventions through combination, and provide basic strategies that support prevention and respect ethical imperatives for men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers (FSW). Program activities include promoting comprehensive HIV testing, linkage to care, risk reduction counseling, life skills, capacity building through multi session knowledge sharing outreaches, viral suppression through early detection, and treatment with antiretrovirals.

Keywords: Guyana, HIV/AIDS, key populations, testing and counseling, vulnerable populations