July 23, 2014

FHI 360 and USAID collaboration provides HIV services to key populations

LINKAGES, USAID’s first global project dedicated to key populations, was launched during the 20th International AIDS conference.

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Cameron Wolf, USAID Senior HIV/AIDS Advisor for Key Populations discusses how LINKAGES will build capacity for addressing the needs of key populations.

LINKAGES aims to strengthen the ability of partner governments, civil society organizations working with key populations and private-sector providers to effectively deliver comprehensive, high-quality HIV prevention, treatment and care services for key populations and their partners. Key populations may include sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender persons and people who inject drugs. LINKAGES is USAID’s first global project dedicated to key populations.

 

Kim Green of FHI 360 discusses how the HIV cascade diagnostics tool can help address gaps in the cascade with a specific focus on key populations.

“We are pleased to be able to continue our scientific leadership through this award and continue to reach those most at risk of HIV and link them with prevention and care services,” said Kimberly Green, Deputy Director for LINKAGES and FHI 360’s Country Director in Ghana. “The proven cascade framework, an easy-to-understand analytic approach to address gaps in the HIV prevention-care-treatment continuum, is a powerful tool for advocacy, consensus-building and planning that can help transform how governments view, value and invest in HIV services for key populations.”

 

David Stanton, USAID Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS discusses the launch of two new programs, LINKAGES and AIDSFree at the AIDS 2014 conference.

“USAID and PEPFAR are proud to support the first global award targeting key populations in the HIV pandemic. We know that ensuring this vulnerable group has access to the continuum of HIV services is critical to our work toward an AIDS-free generation,” said David Stanton, USAID’s Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS.