capacity building

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), the Linden Care Foundation provides care and support and prevention services for men who have sex with men (MSM), commercial sex workers, miners, loggers, and Amerindians. These services include adherence counseling, vocational and entrepreneurial skills training, capacity building and life skills, nutritional education, and psychosocial support. The program will also include reproductive health education and PMTCT Plus sessions for key populations.

The Linden Care Foundation emerged from the Regional AIDS Committee in 2001 to work towards the prevention and reduction of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STI). Through the implementation of several youth-targeted awareness programs, the Linden Care Foundation aims to reduce the spread of HIV in Region 10 of Guyana. The organization also provides care and support services for people living with HIV (PLHIV), including children living with or affected by HIV.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), Lifeline Counseling mitigates the impact of HIV on individuals and families through social, psychosocial, physical, and spiritual services. The program offers parenting training, counseling, prevention sessions, education and social integration sessions, life skills development, educational session, and child care assessment and supervision.

Lifeline Counseling reduces the impact of HIV on individuals and families through education, counseling, care and support services, and trainings. The organization offers voluntary counseling and testing (VCT), programs for orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC), as well as home-based and palliative care. Through partnerships with other private and public organizations, Lifeline reduces HIV-related stigma and discrimination for people living with or affected by HIV.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), the Hope Foundation implemented their Community Empowerment for Key Affected Populations project. The project works within the framework of Guyana’s national strategic plan to make HIV services accessible and expand access to community-based health services. The program provides a minimum package of HIV services for prevention including voluntary testing and counseling, community outreach programs, and support groups.

The Hope Foundation provides community-based health and social services in support of Guyana’s national goal to reduce the spread of HIV. The organization reaches out to key populations through educational programs and services. Based in Bartica, the Hope Foundation provides services in Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region 7) of Guyana.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), Hope For All aims to reduce HIV transmission through an integrated approach involving education, testing and counseling, and care and support services. Hope For All improves the quality of and expands services for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and OVC through education programs directed at individuals, community groups, volunteers, and staff. The organization increases the utilization of and access to VCT services. They also provide an education package and risk reduction services for female sex workers.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), HKI supports the development of organizations delivering eye care and services to children and other underserved populations in Quoc Oai District, Hanoi City, Vietnam. Since its implementation, ChildSight has developed a system for the identification, treatment, and referral of children with refractive errors and more complex eye disorders. Left untreated, refractive errors can cause focus problems, visual impairment, and blindness.

Helen Keller International (HKI) addresses the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing evidence-based programs and leading research in vision, health, and nutrition. The ChildSight Program, originally created to improve the eye health of children in the U.S., has since been expanded to several provinces in Vietnam and Indonesia. Through their ChildSight Program, HKI aims to strengthen the capacity of the Ha Dong Eye Hospital’s health personnel to provide pediatric eye care services in the Quoc Oai District.

With additional funding provided by a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), HKN plans to expand their community-based family planning (CBFP) project. The CBFP project aims to reduce the gap between the demand and the supply of HIV prevention and family planning (FP) products. The program provides access to affordable contraception, including condoms and oral contraceptives, as well as other products and services.