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Seeds of change: A peer outreach worker’s story

Phuong Hoa, Communications Officer, EpiC VietnamRachel Coley, Technical Advisor and Project Manager, EpiC Vietnam In a small district in Southern Vietnam lies a charming house where magenta bougainvillea flowers spill across the gate to the home of Hong An (pseudonym).... Continue Reading

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Shifting power: The experience of three development organizations

Traditionally, large international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) have served as prime recipients of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funding, collaborating with local NGOs as subrecipients. Now, as U.S. government funders prioritize local leadership and sustainability, these roles are flipping, with... Continue Reading

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Overcoming Addiction and Reclaiming Life: A Photostory from the EpiC project in Central Asia

Peer support groups and opioid substitution therapy provided by SPIN Plus—a partner organization of the EpiC project—offer a new lease on life to those struggling with drug use and at risk for HIV. Read the story of Sher, who overcame his addiction and has since became a peer navigator to support those going through similar struggles. Using his own experiences, he helps others start anew and turn their lives around.

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Kazakhstan’s first community-based pre-exposure prophylaxis program allows for flexibility and options

EpiC introduced a community-based PrEP program in January 2023, through Your World, a community-based organization in East Kazakhstan that provides HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. This program leveraged community-based HIV counseling and testing platforms to refer HIV-negative, at-risk MSM to non-clinic-based PrEP initiation and continuation services.

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EpiC Botswana launches e-lockers to promote access to antiretroviral treatment

Botswana was recently recognized at the International AIDS Conference for its achievement in reaching HIV epidemic control after surpassing the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 95-95-95 targets to reach 95-98-98 in July 2022. These results show tremendous progress toward achieving control of the HIV epidemic and demonstrate the extraordinary impact of the national HIV response. New innovations such as decentralized drug distribution (DDD) position Botswana to eliminate HIV as a public health threat in the next decade.

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