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.
This annual report provides an overview of the project’s work in Guyana including assessing and reducing the stigma and discrimination met by PLHIV and members of groups practicing risky behaviors, partnering with MOH to successfully reduce the transmission of HIV in Guyana, and continuing to expand the condom transition plan.
After years of partnering with the Ministry of Health to reduce the transmission of HIV in Guyana, prevalence remains high in the hardest to reach most at risk populations. To address this, USAID/GHARP II looked for new methodologies and approaches that could be employed to reach people with prevention information and encourage them to access HIV testing and other services. In 2011, GHARP II worked with several NGOs to pilot new approaches, including social networking and reaching popular opinion leaders. During the end of the year, preparations began for an assessment among sex workers to provide information on the use of condoms and barriers that can inform behavior change approaches.