Global Communities works to increase vulnerable households’ access to healthcare and services. We strengthen local institutions to provide better care that prevents and treats illness while mobilizing communities to take integrated approaches that address economic, social and infrastructure development.
With funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Global Communities is helping build institutional and community capacity to reduce morbitity and mortality asociated with HIV/AIDS in Colombia and Honduras. In Colombia, program activities focus on the displaced youth population; men who have sex with men; sex workers; transgender, transsexuals and transvestites; prisoners; street people and other people living with HIV or AIDS and key populations at a higher risk for contracting HIV. Global Communities is supporting community capacity building to promote the adoption of safe sex practices, reduce social risk of HIV and empower of at-risk groups.
In Honduras, Global Communities is working with civil society organizations and national institutions to lead the Strengthening the National Response for Health Promotion and Protection of Health in HIV/AIDS. This large-scale prevention effort targets the general population, pregnant women, youth, men who have sex with men, prisoners, and other vulnerable populations. At the same time, Global Communities is working with the Honduran Department of Health’s National Malaria Program and the Department of Health of La Moskitia Region to implement strategies for promotion, prevention and control of risk factors and provide effective and prompt treatment to everyone diagnosed with malaria in the 48 municipalities.
In Kenya, Global Communities improving health through education in informal urban settlements. The USAID-funded Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education (HOPE) program aims to improve students’ HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes, and practices. HOPE is targeting a wide diversity of schools across Nairobi, including informal and formal primary and secondary schools, and its surrounding communities to carry out peer education activities, train teachers to integrate life skills and HIV prevention education into the classroom, and to encourage greater involvement of parents and community members in school health activities. Global Communities is also working to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in Kenya by improving the ability of local, community and faith-based organizations to provide high quality HIV/AIDS services. With funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Communities is working with the national and regional-level institutions to strengthen the blood transfusion system to ensure a safe and sufficient blood supply in Kenya.