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 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.
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).
Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), ADOPLAFAM plans to strengthen the technical and organizational capacity of project NGOs and community-based organizations (CBOs). Their efforts will increase access and coverage of a comprehensive package of HIV/AIDS prevention and care services for key populations and people living with HIV (PLHIV). These services include treatment, psychological support, counseling, and other services such as viral load and CD4 analysis.
The Asociación Dominicana de Planificación Familiar (ADOPLAFAM) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on improving family planning and HIV/AIDS services in Provinces throughout the Dominican Republic. ADOPLAFAM aims to build HIV service delivery capacity in the Dominican Republic, ensuring universal access to care and support, prevention, and treatment services for key populations. They partner with other local organizations including Clínica de Familia la Romana, Grupo Este Amor, and Clínica Esperanza y Caridad.
Agape Network began their work to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in the community of Sophia in Georgetown, Guyana. Agape Network takes a family centered approach, offering care and support services to people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their families. Separate services are available for orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) such as home-based care, after school program support, and counseling. Adults receive psychological and nutritional counseling services, social support, and referrals.
Read more about APC's efforts in the Dominican Republic and Guyana that are geared towards contributing to a sustainable reduction in HIV transmission among key populations and an improved quality of life for people living with HIV.