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Working with Key Populations in Guyana

CAI has been funded by the Government of Guyana (GoG) as a Sub-Recipient to the National AIDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS) to implement the “Working with Key Populations Phase 2” project under the Guyana HIV Phase 2 Global Funds grant.  The goal of this project was to reach out to Female Sex Workers (FSWs) and Men who have Sex with Men (MSMs) in Regions 2,3,4,5,6, and 10 with prevention and Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) services as well as case-navigation into care and treatment services.

In order to deliver a comprehensive package of services to key populations in Guyana, CAI worked with five local nonprofit organizations (NGOs) to implement these services in their respective regions. The NGOs were responsible for outreach in key population hot spots and provided basic HIV information, condoms, and peer navigation services and made referrals based on the needs of those part of the key population. Additionally, peer educators provided free HIV tests to everyone in the targeted hot spots.

CAI also provided technical support and capacity building to health care service providers and helped strengthen local NGO capacities in financial management, organizational sustainability and monitoring and evaluation.

When this project was completed at the end of May 2016, CAI had contributed to Guyana’s national HIV prevention initiative by strengthening the capacity of local organizations and members of key populations to provide an effective HIV intervention. By increasing the quality of service delivery to vulnerable populations and increasing access to sexual and reproductive health services, health care providers enhanced the treatment of HIV/STIs and associated illnesses. Our efforts helped increase the level of risk awareness and the adoption of risk reduction behaviors amongst the key population. This, combined with improved linkages to treatment services, ensured that the care to treatment spectrum effectively identified and retained PLWH in care and ultimately, reduced HIV rates of transmission.