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Early Lessons from South Africa’s Rollout of Oral PrEP to Sex Workers

This blog has been reposted from Prepwatch.org; the original posting can be found here. Contributed by Neeraja Bhavaraju and Daniela Uribe from FSG, a member of the OPTIONS Consortium. In June 2016, South Africa’s National Department of Health began making oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) available to sex workers. This represented the first time that any …

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Key Population Heroes: Finding meaning and renewed purpose after my HIV diagnosis

Written by Christio Wijnhard, Project Coordinator for the LINKAGES Project at Foundation He+HIV, Suriname Even though Clarence suspected that he might HIV-positive, the 24-year-old was shocked when he first learned his status. “I cried and I cried. I wanted to commit suicide. I thought it was the end for me.” When Clarence first accepted his sexuality, he just …

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Key Population Hero: Addressing stigma and discrimination among LGBT people in Kenya

Written by Levis Nderitu, co-founder, Sullivan Reed Sullivan Reed is an organization in Nairobi, Kenya that specializes in the economic and social empowerment of LGBT people in Kenya, where homosexuality is criminalized and HIV prevalence is almost three times higher among men who have sex with men than the general population. Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, …

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The urgent need for violence response systems within HIV programming

Written by Tisha Wheeler, Senior Technical Advisor for Key Populations, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Never before have HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs for key populations been available in so many countries. Key population access to HIV services globally is expanding at a rate we can see changing monthly. However, structural barriers that …

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Commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Part 1 written by Rolande Lewis, Program Officer, LINKAGES Part 2 written by Irwin Iradukunda, Director of Programmes for Mouvement pour les Libertés Indivduelles (MOLI) and key population activist in Burundi Part 1 On Tuesday, May 17, The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), was celebrated around the world. Homophobia and transphobia adversely affect …

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Why I Joined LINKAGES

Photo Credit: Associação IRIS Written by Ana Diaz, Angola LINKAGES Program Manager Since September 2015 when I joined LINKAGES in Angola, every waking moment has been consumed working through the nitty gritty details that starting up a new project entails. Although Angola has been my home for the past 4 years and I was no stranger …

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Shattering the Silence: Preventing Gender-Based Violence against Sex Workers in Nepal

Pooja Pradhan, Team Leader, Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Mitigation Services, FHI 360 LINKAGES recently interviewed Pooja Pradhan, Team Leader of the Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Mitigation Services at FHI 360 on the Saath-Saath project (SSP), a USAID-funded project in Nepal managed by FHI 360. Now in its fourth year and operating in 33 out of …

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Working with Key Populations in Zambia: An Introduction to the Standard Operating Procedures of an HIV/STI Prevention Program for Sex Workers

Joseph Kamanga is the Chief of Party/Project Director for the Corridors of Hope III project in Zambia. The COH III project is implemented by FHI 360 with two local NGOs, in 10 major border and transport hubs of Zambia. HIV and AIDS continue to be a major developmental challenge for Zambia, as well as other …

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