Event Date

Jan 27


Webinar hosted by the LINKAGES and EpiC projects as part of the Key Populations: Evidence in Action series.

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On January 27th, the USAID– and PEPFAR-supported EpiC project hosted a webinar in a series entitled Key Populations: Evidence in Action. The EpiC project was pleased to collaborate with MPact to host this webinar. It has been nearly a year since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, demanding service delivery innovations and adaptations that ensure uninterrupted access to HIV services despite lockdowns and restrictions on movement while minimizing risk of exposure to COVID-19. Community-based, key-population-led service providers were poised to advance the differentiated service delivery approaches that COVID-19 necessitated. And, indeed, they have delivered, enabling HIV programs to largely weather the pandemic to date.

This webinar explores insights gained from members of key populations and allies regarding their efforts to deliver HIV services during COVID-19. It also offers a call to action to government policymakers, donors, community advocates, and program implementers that will contribute to stronger key-population-focused and -led programs, as well as more flexible and resilient health systems overall, now and after the pandemic.

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Hally Mahler, EpiC Project Director
Community-led, differentiated HIV services drive resilience and results during the COVID-19 pandemic

Micheal Ighodaro (moderator), Global Black Gay Men Connect
Jeffrey Walimbwa, Ishtar, Kenya
Tanat Chinbunchorn, Institute of HIV Research and Innovation, Thailand
Manisha Dhakal, Blue Diamond Society, Nepal
Loveness Bowa, MACRO, Malawi
Panel Discussion: What key populations want now and after COVID-19

Mohan Sundararaj, MPact
A call to action for HIV program implementers, advocates, policymakers, and funders

Cameron Wolf, USAID
Q&A and closing remarks

This webinar series is intended to be a platform for (1) sharing state-of-the-art knowledge, emerging evidence, and promising practices for achieving greater impact on the HIV epidemic through programs for key populations; (2) addressing pressing questions and controversial issues from the perspective of key population experts and community members; and (3) fostering dialogue among a broad set of partners working in key-population-focused research, programming, and advocacy.

The webinars will cover a range of topics, including introduction and scale-up of HIV self-testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis for key populations; cascade monitoring and data use; information and communication technology-based interventions; effective strategies for addressing violence, stigma, and discrimination; differentiated models for delivering antiretroviral therapy; and community empowerment.

This webinar series is open to anyone interested in key populations, including program implementers, researchers, policy-makers, advocates, funders, and community members.