HIV/AIDS

Jul 24, 2018
DREAMS Partnership Finalist for 2018 P3 Impact Award Originally posted on US Department of State website Finalists for the 2018 P3 Impact Award were announced today by the Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society and Concordia. The Award recognizes exemplary public-private partnerships (P3s) that provide solutions to pressing issues in... Read more
Mar 07, 2018
Why We Need to Talk about Men on International Women’s Day By Betty Adera, Chief of Party for Global Communities’ DREAMS Initiative in Kenya  |  This article originally appeared on Medium.  #MeToo has brought the subject of sexual harassment and abuse of women and girls to the public consciousness in a way never seen before. Having worked at the community level supporting the rights of women and girls for more than 20 years, the stories coming out the #MeToo movement are all too familiar to me. Sexual harassment and violence against women is a pervasive issue and this global movement of women speaking out has demonstrated that no society is immune.... Read more
Mar 07, 2017
Preventing Gender-Based Violence with Men and Boys-Centered Training By Fredrick Nyagah, Gender Advisor for the DREAMS Program, Global Communities Kenya
This story originally appeared on Medium. In observance of International Women’s Day, I have been considering some of the challenges women in Kenya face, as well as proven ways to address them. One successful approach is a program targeting men, boys, and parents in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV), and it is resulting in more peaceful, productive families throughout the country. The USAID-funded initiative is part of DREAMS (Determined, Resilient Empowered,... Read more
Feb 03, 2017
How to Combat Ebola, HIV, Zika for a Few Dollars: Understanding Unintended Outcomes By David A. Weiss, President and CEO, Global Communities | This article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. In my last blog, I focused on the importance of measurement and evidence in designing and implementing the most effective global development programs. But one of the important things we learn from community-based development is that people and communities are dynamic and development, as a process, can lead to unexpected outcomes from which we can learn and adapt.
Hand washing, community-led total sanitation, Liberia One area where... Read more
Dec 15, 2016
The new Global Fund grant will allocate $15.2 million to STI and HIV prevention programs in key populations and prioritized populations, as well as provide care and services for people living with HIV. The strategies to be implemented are: I. Reach key prioritized populations through prevention programs or delivery of the defined package of services.
The key populations are: Men who have sex with men (MSM) Transgender people Female sex workers Prioritized or Vulnerable Populations: Garífunas Prisoners The defined package of services consists of a face-to-face communication strategy as well as defined materials and services such as:  Information on STIs and HIV Delivery of condoms Delivery of educational material Promotion of HIV testing... Read more
Dec 07, 2016
Rwandan Youth Take on the Topics of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV Prevention The Kinazi Unity Club is a group of 35 youths between the ages 15 and 24, who meet every Saturday to discuss a wide array of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) topics such as family planning, HIV prevention, reproductive health, sexual development, teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence prevention and management. With support from Global Communities and local partner Duhamic Adri under the USAID Twiyubake program, the Kinazi Unity Club conducted a community sensitization campaign on SRHR and HIV prevention. The day of events featured talks on adolescent SRHR and the dangers of drug abuse as well as skits, drama and music.
Albertine Mukasiba, a Voluntary Counselling and... Read more
Oct 25, 2016
Kenya: Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education (HOPE) Evaluation Summary In Kenya, high poverty, insecurity, poor health outcomes, substance abuse and low levels of education make young people, especially girls, vulnerable to a variety of risks such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Diseases (STDs), and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). To address these problems the Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education (HOPE) Program was designed to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, STIs and STDs, and to promote healthy outcomes among at-risk Kenyan students and their families. The HOPE Program was... Read more
Oct 18, 2016
Unintended Consequences: How Fighting HIV in Kenya Created Benefits Beyond Health Written by Betty Adera, Chief of Party for Global Communities’ DREAMS Initiative in Kenya This article originally appeared on Medium and Reuters Alertnet The threat posed by HIV and AIDS in East Africa is nothing new. For years, we have seen efforts to curb the spread of the virus, which often means tackling behaviors among at-risk populations. In Kenya, issues like high poverty, substance abuse, and low levels of education put young people, especially girls, at increased risk for HIV... Read more
Sep 30, 2016
Kenya: Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education (HOPE) Final Evaluation In Kenya, high poverty, insecurity, poor health outcomes, substance abuse and low levels of education make young people, especially girls, vulnerable to a variety of risks such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and Diseases (STDs), and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). To help address this crisis, the Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education (HOPE) Program was designed to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, STIs and STDs, and generally promote healthy outcomes among at-risk Kenyan students and their families. The HOPE Program was funded by... Read more
Sep 15, 2016
Global Communities: Education Portfolio Global Communities has worked in education throughout the developing world focusing on issues of access, community engagement, and empowering at-risk youth. Our education work can be organized under five main themes: 1. Vocational education to equip youth to productively participate in the economy;
2. Civic education to increase young people’s capacity to participate in democratic processes;
3. Health education to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and support of WASH to promote safe sanitation;
4. Psycho-social support to treat youth who have been exposed to trauma and violence; and
5. Construction to increase access to education. Read more about our... Read more
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