vulnerable populations

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.

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.

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.


In this new consolidated guidelines document on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations, the World Health Organization brings together all existing guidance relevant to five key populations – men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people in prisons and other closed settings, sex workers and transgender people – and updates selected guidance and recommendations.


This report discusses PEPFAR’s work in the Dominican Republic. Consistent with the AIDS-free Generation vision, the PEPFAR team will continue to prioritize HIV prevention among key, high risk, populations. Among other principles, the partnership framework underscores the DR as the owner and leader of the national response, transparency, joint decision making, involvement of civil society in HIV prevention among key populations, collaboration among cooperating agencies, and the use of evidence-based practices.


This report describes the current social and structural context of FSW, MSM, and TW in the DR and Swaziland, particularly as it relates to stigma and discrimination among PLHIV. It also examines the specific PHDP needs of FSW, MSM and TW who are living with HIV, including challenges to accessing ongoing prevention, treatment, care and support service. Finally, it identifies ways in which PHDP interventions and services can be tailored to meet the needs of FSW, MSM, and TW, including specific program models and communication messages.

Success Story

A success story about two women who are becoming leaders in their communities, embracing a new role for women.

Journal Article

The journal article illustrates that an important advantage of using participatory design with marginalized people in developing countries is the opportunity to develop empowering outcomes of two types: products that meet the users’ needs as well as psychological empowerment of the participants.