This program is increasing healthy behaviors to reduce the transmission of HIV among most-at-risk populations (MARPs) and the population at large. These healthy behaviors include increased condom use, reduced number of sexual partners, and increased access to HIV testing. The project will enable about 20 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) providing HIV prevention services to MARPS in Nicaragua to expand their prevention efforts and build their capacity, resulting in greater impact and internal sustainability.

Key Activities

  • Provide assistance to 20 NGOs to strengthen their leadership capacities to effectively coordinate HIV prevention
  • Strengthen the delivery of evidence-based prevention campaigns that link with HIV care and treatment services
  • Develop and use a comprehensive integrated response to strengthen the capacity of NGOs and other stakeholders to coordinate a multi-sector response to HIV prevention, including strengthening leadership to improve HIV prevention, supporting a data-driven response by looking at the epidemiology and behavioral patterns at community and district levels, and increasing the focus on hard-to-reach vulnerable populations
  • Work with NGOs to enable them to develop effective prevention messages, tailored for their specific target groups
  • Train selected NGO officials in methodologies for the reduction of stigma and discrimination so that they can include stigma and discrimination reduction strategies in their operational plans and advocate for the inclusion of this approach in decision-making
2010 to present
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Center for AIDS Prevention Education (CEPRESI)
Center for Research and Health Studies , Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua (CIES-UNAN)
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