Combination Prevention Program

Health Area:

HIV

Project name: 

The USAID Combination Prevention Program for HIV in Central America

Status: 

Current

Donor:

United States Agency for International Development, USAID

Implementation dates

October 1, 2010 to January 31, 2020

Geographic coverage: 

Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama

Target populations:

Men who have sex with other men (MSM), transgender women, people living with HIV (PHIV) and their partners

Description and objectives:

Support the USAID Regional Combination Prevention Strategy that focuses on providing cost-effective, sustainable interventions designed to achieve increased access to HIV prevention interventions by key populations and persons living with HIV (PHIV).

The Program’s interventions seek to achieve the following results:

1.-Reduced prevalence of high-risk behaviors among key populations (KPs) and PHIV.

2.-Increased effective interventions implemented to decrease hostility in social environments that foment and tolerate homophobia and stigma and discrimination attitudes related to sexual orientation, occupation or status.

3.-Increased access by KPs to a minimum package of essential prevention and health services, especially HIV testing and counseling (HTC), emphasizing the involvement of private laboratories.

4.-Strategic information obtained through research and monitoring to design or modify prevention activities.

5.-Increased capacity of local NGOs to submit proposals and implement projects funded by international donors, as part of a broader sustainability efforts

Activities

-HIV diagnosis / case finding among key populations (KPs) and linkage to the HIV continuum of care, thus contributing to the first two pillars of the 90-90-90 goals.

-Provision of mobile HIV testing and counseling (HTC) services, especially in partnership with private laboratories who are sensitized to provide quality, KP-friendly services.

-Use of a unique identifier code (UIC) for confidential patient tracking along the HIV continuum of care.

-Accompaniment services for reactive individuals to confirmatory testing and linkage to care.

-Index testing services for the partners of reactive individuals.

-Cyber-educators conducting online interventions focused on reaching difficult access MSM and referring them to HTC services, in addition to online follow-up for linkage to care.

-Accompaniment and in-depth support for PHIV, especially around treatment adherence, through online patient advocates who also facilitate WhatsApp support groups.

-Mobilization of organizations, public institutions, volunteers, and private sector companies for the institutionalization of non-discrimination through the Generación Cero social movement.

-HIV self-testing (HIVST) assessment and pilot with including an HIVST market assessment.

-Rigorous monitoring, in addition to research, evidence and strategic information for decision-making.

-Strengthening of local NGOs through technical assistance focused on building the capacity of local organizations to apply for, and implement projects funded by international donors.

Achievements and health impact:

-14,739 at-risk individuals from key populations reached with combination prevention interventions in Central America during 2018, of which 8,051 were reached online through cyber-educators.

-9,058 at-risk individuals received HIV testing and counseling services where 1 of every 20 tests had a reactive result and 64% of reactive cases were linked to comprehensive care services in 2018.

-More than 30 private laboratories were sensitized and providing KP-friendly HIV testing and counseling services under the Program during 2018.

-XX new cases of HIV averted in Central America during 2018 as a result of the Program’s prevention efforts.

Space for downloads and links:

Guatemala


3 avenida 17-59 zona 14

Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala, C.A.

Tel. (502) 2217 - 8585

 

 

Oficina Regional


13 calle 3-40, Zona 10
Edificio Atlantis
Nivel 13, Oficina 1305
Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala, C.A. 1010

Teléfono: (502) 2366-1557

Fax: (502) 2366-1567

El Salvador


79 Avenida Sur, Calle Juan José Cañas

No. 250, Colonia Escalón, San Salvador.

Tel. (503) 2239 -4800

Honduras


PASMO Tegucigalpa:

Colonia Palmira, Avenida República de Panama,

Casa 2043 Calle de las Naciones Unidas,

Tegucigalpa, M.D.C. Honduras C.A

Tel. (504) 2235-5268 / (504) 2238-4334



PASMO San Pedro Sula:

Barrio Los Andes, 9a Avenida 11 calle "A"

A la par de FENAFUT, Casa 92

San Pedro Sula, Honduras C.A

Tel. (504) 2550-6129 / (504) 2550-3132

Nicaragua


Rot El Guegüense 4 cuadras

al Oeste 1 cuadra al Norte,

Managua, Nicaragua

Tel. (505) 22685823, (505) 22680869

Costa Rica


150 metros al norte del Motel la Fuente

Bodega Azul No. A-10 San Fco Dos Ríos

San José, Costa Rica, C.A.

Tel. (506) 2250-2287, 2250-1976 y 2250-2217

Panamá


Urbanización Los Angeles, Area Industrial,

Bethania, Calle 62-D, Casa E4

Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá C.A.

Tel. (507) 397-8772 / (507) 397-8773


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