The HealthKeepers Network (HKN) was created to fill the health services and information gap in Ghana. HKN utilizes a franchise system that provides reliable service by mobilizing entrepreneurial women to distribute health commodities and information to rural villages. The system employs a door-to-door approach, encouraging community involvement in the distribution process. Community members and local caregivers are also encouraged to provide counseling on correct product usage.
Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), DKT International plans to expand access to short-term FP methods and condoms through community-based service delivery. DKT Ghana will advertise on local radio stations and distribute products in the majority of existing private sector local outlets. These outlets include pharmacies, chemical shops, gas station shops, and supermarkets, as well as non-traditional outlets such as drinking spots, female sex worker (FSW) meetings locations, university residence halls, and NGOs.
DKT International is a non-profit that promotes family planning (FP) and HIV/AIDS prevention through social marketing. DKT International’s Ghana initiative uses two social marketing strategies to address the unmet need for FP. The organization drives demand by brand building using mass media and non-traditional communication. DKT also increases commodity security through the distribution of high quality, affordable contraceptives.
Through grants awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), Comforting Hearts continues to provide care and support and education services to vulnerable populations in Regions 5 and 6 of the Berbice Region of Guyana. The program targets PLHIV, OVC, men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW), loggers, and miners. Through anti-discrimination campaigns, as well as community outreach, peer education and support, and skills building programs, Comforting Hearts aims to reduce stigma and increase awareness throughout the region.
Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), COIN aims to reduce the incidence of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) infections in key populations such as sex workers (SW), men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender (TG) clients, and other vulnerable populations in the provinces of Santiago and La Vega. The program provides HIV prevention interventions, HIV counseling and testing (HCT), and STI services.
The Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN) is a private organization conceived as a result of the emergence of HIV/AIDS and human trafficking in the Dominican Republic. COIN implements HIV prevention programs and health care services for key populations throughout the region. COIN works with surrounding communities in the process of identifying their needs and problems to address key issues and reduce stigma.
Through a grant awarded by Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), ChildFund aims to reduce unnecessary separation of children from their families, and to place children outside of family care in nurturing families.
ChildFund International is a Christian organization that sponsors children in need largely through monthly donations from individual sponsors. These donations are used to support the transition from extreme poverty for these children and their communities. In addition to their sponsorship program, ChildFund receives grants and donations to provide trainings and capacity building activities, health and education programs, emergency relief, and food distribution.
Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), CEPROSH will continue their capacity building activities in the Puerto Plata, Valdeverde, Montecristi, and Dajabon Provinces. These activities include a series of meetings with the Directors and Deputy Directors of Health Region II and Provincial and Municipal Hospitals of Puerto Plata to provide information, describe the need for improved HIV care, and gain support.
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.