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El Salvador

UNDP/Global Fund Institutional Strengthening of NGOs that Provide Support to Vulnerable Populations Project

CAI has been contracted by UNDP, with support from the Global Fund, from 2007 to 2009 to design and implement trainings and TA for the Institutional Strengthening of NGOs that Provide Support to Vulnerable Populations Project. The goal of the project is to increase the capacity of NGOs that provide support and services to populations most at-risk for HIV infection to plan, implement, supervise, and monitor and evaluate their projects. Through institutional strengthening, the agencies are better able to effectively solicit funding and administer their programs, which translates into services of higher quality, better utilization of resources, stronger alliances with governmental agencies and the community, and greater opportunity for growth and development. Over the two year project period, CAI has provided training and TA to 14 NGOs in the following areas:

  • Proposal writing
  • Project management skills
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Leadership skills
  • Human Resource Management

Salvadorian National Bureau of Family Issues and the First Lady Initiative, Training in Psycho Educational Strategies to Address Trauma in Early Childhood

The Salvadorian National Bureau of Family Issues and the First Lady initiative to address trauma in children and adolescents, Tenderness Program (Secretaria Nacional de la Familia Programa Ternura) contracted CAI to conduct a two-day program entitled: Psycho-Educational Strategies to Address Trauma in Early Childhood: Working with Teachers, Parents and Tutors. This program, which took place in November 2007, was directed to 31 psychologists, teachers and mental health providers working in public institutions and was delivered as the last activity of the two-month diploma on trauma and childhood coordinated by the National Bureau of Family Issues with funding from WHO/PAHO.

In addition, CAI was part of the Central American Forum on Human Security and Prevention of Trauma in Children and Adolescents from 2006 - 2008. This international event drew more than 800 professionals from around Central America, USA and Canada each year. CAI delivered the presentation, Trauma, Vulnerability and AIDS During Adolescence.

Training of Service Providers

As a result of the first New York Link, Cicatelli Associates Incorporated developed a working relationship with the National Program of HIV AIDS in El Salvador, the focal point of the Central American Network of PHWAs in El Salvador along with its hosting NGO: ATLACATL VIVO POSITIVO. The result has been a significant collaborative joint effort to address some of the biggest challenges faced by National HIV AIDS Programs, service providers and PHWAs such as: Treatment Adherence, Multidisciplinary team work, HIV Counseling and Testing, Capacity building, Organizational Development and more.

As a result of this collaborative, the following trainings have been delivered on a year by year basis:

  • 2002
    • Facilitating Support Groups
    • Third National conference on HIV/AIDS
  • 2003
    • HIV treatment Adherence
  • 2004
    • Training Skills: TOT
    • Multidisciplinary team work
    • PWA Training: “more that just consumers”
    • HIV treatment Adherence
    • HIV counseling and Testing
  • 2005
    • HIV treatment Adherence
    • HIV rapid Testing
    • HIV rapid Testing (group 2)
    • TOT Adherence
    • TOT multidisciplinary teams
    • Retreat National AIDS Program: Organizational Development
  • 2006
    • Retreat National AIDS Program: Organizational Development
  • 2007
    • Behavior change strategies
    • Organizational Development: planning and presentation of successful projects. Directed to NGO’s working in HIV AIDS
  • 2008
    • Organizational Development: planning and presentation of successful projects. Directed to NGO’s working in HIV AIDS
  • 2009
    • Organizational Development: planning and presentation of successful projects. Directed to NGO’s working in HIV AIDS
  • 2011
    • Follow up course for nurses, psychologists and social workers in the Health System in El Salvador (a 64 hours class followed by 20 hours practicum)