Linkages: Caribbean Benefits From U.S. Funded Anti HIV Project

Written by CMC
A new project, aimed at reducing the spread of HIV and improving health care for key populations most at risk of and already living with HIV in select Caribbean countries, was launched last month. The LINKAGES Project – Linkages across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV – focuses on at-risk populations in The Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname. It is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

HIV AIDSLINKAGES, a five-year cooperative agreement, is the largest global project dedicated to key populations. The project is led by FHI 360, in partnership with IntraHealth International, Pact, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was launched in Trinidad and Tobago in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Health, and the Family Planning Association.

‘PASSION’

“LINKAGES is about passion, partnership and re-thinking the way we address HIV, with the end goal that all members of key populations in the Caribbean and globally will have access to comprehensive health care services and enjoy a high quality of life,” said Hally Mahler, LINKAGES director, Washington D.C.

LINKAGES partners with governments, communities and key populations in an effort to provide support and reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination. A U.S. Embassy statement in T&T noted that through funding and technical support, LINKAGES will share tools and strategies drawn from decades of global experience and adapted to local needs and conditions.

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