vulnerable populations


From October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2019, the Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project worked in more than 40 countries to improve the overall health of communities, with an emphasis on voluntary family planning. The project was implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) in collaboration with FHI 360. Over the past seven years, APC expanded from its initial focus on voluntary family planning to a broad array of community-based programs in four main health areas: CBFP, HIV and AIDS, post-Ebola recovery, and vulnerable populations, which include children in adversity, people with disabilities, and victims of war.

In the Dominican Republic (DR), transgender (trans) persons experience stigma and discrimination in many different ways and are denied the same opportunities as other Dominicans. In recent years, more efforts have been directed at improving the quality of life for the trans community. However, these initiatives focus mainly on HIV prevention and treatment, ignoring the multiple socioeconomic and health needs of these marginalized individuals.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partner & Communities (APC), the IRC ensures children under 18 in Burundi are in protective and permanent family care. The project aims to mainstream family-based child protection approaches at all levels of the government and contribute to shifts in fundamental skills, social attitudes, and norms regarding child protection and welfare in 10 provinces.


This NGO consists of former and current Dominican sex workers, both inside and outside of the country. MODEMU was created in 1996 after the first national congress of female sex workers was held in the Dominican Republic in 1995. Its main objectives are to promote the human rights of commercial sex workers (including health, social, and labor rights), to fight against trafficking, and to promote the human rights of trafficked women who have returned to the Dominican Republic.

Implemented by the IRC, the Childhood Blindness and Vision Impairment Capacity Building Project builds the capacity of local partner organizations to deliver quality eye care services. The project expands the availability of quality eye care services for children with visual impairment in the Kayin and Kayah States of Myanmar by supporting essential training and equipment.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), Comforting Hearts provides care & support services and home-based counseling and testing services to PLHIV and their families. Services for adult PLHIV include the provision of physical, social, spiritual, and psychological care and support services and education.  The orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) component includes nutrition support, health, education, protection, psychosocial support, shelter, and care.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), Artistes in Direct Support implements HIV/AIDS prevention activities through prevention packages that target several points in the pathway to HIV infection, address major drivers of HIV epidemics with efficacious primary interventions, improve the effectiveness of these interventions through combination, and provide basic strategies that support prevention and respect ethical imperatives for men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers (FSW).

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), Agape Network provides care and support services to adults infected with HIV, as well as children either infected or affected by HIV. Services address psychological, social, and physical needs through home visits combined with monthly family clinic visits.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), United Bricklayers targets key populations including men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers (FSW) in Regions 5 and 6 of Guyana to reduce the spread of HIV. The organization prevents the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections in Regions 5 and 6 of Guyana by targeting prevention activities at the most at risk populations.

Through a grant awarded under Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), Sightsavers strengthens the capacity of health care workers to provide pediatric ophthalmological services. The project focuses on health system strengthening, particularly the human resources for child eye health and development of standard tools and pediatric minimally invasive surgery (MIS).