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).
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.