Advocacy in Latin America: increasing the participation of communities gay, trans and MSM
Background: Gay, Trans and men who have sex with men (MSM) communities are the populations most affected by HIV/AIDS in the region. However, their participation and advocacy actions is constrained by the lack of technical skills, organizational development and management. That was the starting point for the development and implementation of a project launched in 2004 by the Association for Comprehensive Health and Citizenship in Latin America (ASICAL) with the support of the International Alliance against HIV/AIDS and GTZ.
Methods: The initiative was aimed at broadening the participation of gay, bisexual and trans groups in the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) and the projects funded by the Global Fund. We worked with the goal of improving the use of funds for prevention and care in Latin America. In less than three years, the network managed to implement a training programme from which were established twenty-five technical support centres which relieved all of the existing organizations in the region.
Results: During the project were formed 15 trainers, 63 participants from 53 organizations from 20 countries applied knowledge gained local and national communities, sixty groups were trained and participated in project execution component MSM. The involvement of the groups in the CCM increased by ten percent and achieved greater participation in the implementation of projects approved by the Global Fund.
Conclusions: The need to strengthen the communication between members and organizations of the LAC region, increase Trans community participation and increase the amount and quality of information in epidemiology training. It noted the importance of international cooperation to promote south-south initiatives, to support regional networks and accompany those experiences through the monitoring and ongoing support activities. This work reconstructs the experience based on the results provided by an external evaluation as a framework for action for reflection and improvement of activities in the future.
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