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Keeping the Focus on Key Populations: CLAC with LINKAGES Overhauls Important Online Resource Hub

Published: November 11, 2015

November 5, 2015– The MSMGF is proud to announce the launch of a redesigned website for the Community Action and Leadership Collaborative (CLAC). As a member of CLAC, the MSMGF has collaborated with the USAID– and PEPFAR-supported LINKAGES project to update and maintain a resource library for key population-related policy and practice. It will serve as an online hub for accessing the best information and resources on HIV for sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs, and transgender people. The library contains a curated set of tools and materials to serve a range of audiences working to address the needs of key populations, including policymakers, advocates, program planners and implementers, health care workers, and peer educators. This includes linking beneficiaries with tools and resources that build and strengthen communities with a focus on organizational and technical capacity.
“We are happy to see this improved resource library in support of key population-focused work,” said Dr. George Ayala, Executive Director of MSMGF. “The partnership between CLAC and LINKAGES, ensures greater coverage of vital information and tools that can support scale-up of evidence-informed and rights-based approaches for addressing HIV among men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who inject drugs and transgender people.”
CLAC is a unique collaboration between AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE), the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), the Global Network for Sex Work Projects (NSWP), the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD), and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC). Working together, we are able to link our first-hand knowledge of key populations to strong expertise in the areas of prevention, HIV and tuberculosis treatment access, human rights and community engaged programming.
“Knowledge sharing is fundamental for creating action at scale,” said Kevin Osborne, LINKAGES Project Director. “LINKAGES is thrilled to have worked with CLAC to strengthen this important resource library where policy makers, funders, advocates, implementers and other stakeholders can go to access accurate and up-to-date tools, share lessons and promote best practices on HIV prevention, care and treatment for key populations.”
The new, redesigned CLAC website can be reached at

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About MSMGF:
MSMGF has worked since 2006 to encourage targeted, tailored, better resourced, and rights- based sexual health services for gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) worldwide through its advocacy and technical support work. As a global network, MSMGF has successfully influenced HIV responses at the local level through shifts in global-level policies and has effectively utilized public health as an entry point for advancing the human rights of LGBT people. MSMGF currently supports programs in 15 countries.

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In June 2014, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded FHI 360 the Linkages across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV Project (LINKAGES), a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). FHI 360 has partnered with Pact, IntraHealth International, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to conduct a range of activities to reduce HIV transmission among key populations — sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender persons and people who inject drugs — and to improve their enrollment and retention in care. Under LINKAGES, the FHI 360-led team is accelerating the ability of governments, organizations working with key populations at risk of HIV, and private-sector providers to plan and implement services that reduce HIV transmission among key populations and their sexual partners and extend the lives of those already living with HIV. Learn more about LINKAGES here.

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