Queenie, or Q as she sometimes goes by, is an HIV positive, transgender (trans) person living in Guyana. When Q fell ill after defaulting on anti-retroviral therapy (ART), she was hesitant to resume her treatment. Given the stigma and discrimination Q had experienced in the hospital as a trans person, she was not looking forward to going back alone. So she reached out to Guyana Trans United (GTU), an organization that supports the trans community, for assistance.

Key populations in the Dominican Republic have HIV prevalence rates that are six to twelve times higher than the national average of 0.8 percent. Although there are multiple players committed to tackling the concentrated HIV epidemic, large gaps in coverage and access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services remain.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), INSALUD improves access to integrated, high quality HIV services to key populations and strengthens the technical and organizational capacity of community‐based organizations through subgrants, monitoring, and mentoring in the Dominican Republic.

El Instituto Nacional de la Salud (INSALUD) is a public health organization in the Dominican Republic. It was created in 1978 as one of the Managing Bodies of the Social Security; charge of the management and administration of health services Social Security System.

The Nyanza Reproductive Health Society (NRHS) is active in conducting reproductive health and HIV prevention research and the implementation of HIV intervention services in Kenya. NRHS is comprised of three main projects: The University of Nairobi, Illinois, and Manitoba (UNIM) project, and the Male Circumcision Program (MCP). 

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) provides grants to NGOs and works with selected grant recipients to improve their ability to manage their respective organizational systems to meet USAID requirements while providing effective HIV services for key populations. The activities ICRW focuses on involve targeting stigma and discrimination efforts, addressing gender-based violence, and integrating stigma-reduction activities in the national AIDS response.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), to improve access to clinical services, retention in HIV care and treatment, and improve quality of life for people living with HIV from key populations in Santo Domingo (and other zones TBD) with a focus on FSW, TG and MSM populations based on the Abriendo Puertas pilot intervention model for female sex workers.


FACT (Family, Awareness, Consciousness, and Togetherness) is an NGO that supports the entire family. Ms. Annette Jaundoo, Executive Director and her dedicated team are proud of FACT’s accomplishments in strengthening families. Since January, FACT has assisted over 500 families.


Hope for all is located in Region 2 at lot 6 Belfield Suddie, Essequibo Coast. Hope for all offers HIV testing and counseling and care and support services, as well as STI, gender-based violence, and substance abuse counseling and information in a professional and comfortable environment and operates with the highest level of confidentiality.


This training package introduces Peace Corps Volunteers to the fundamentals of maternal and newborn health and exposes them to key concepts and global trends. The training package highlights the latest evidence-based practices that can be implemented by Volunteers and their counterparts at the community level to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes. These modules were developed with support from APC.