Second phase of Hivos’ largest HIV/Aids Program approved

December 23, 2013

Since 2011, Hivos has been one of the Principal Recipients in the implementation of a three-year program to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS to coordinate prevention, treatment and care.  Recently, the Global Fund Board approved the implementation of the national HIV program in Guatemala for three more years.

The second phase of the program aims to reach 80 percent coverage of prevention services for key populations with clear prevention packages by focusing on high transmission geographical areas. The renewable funding will be of $34.7 million, of which Hivos will manage $18.4 million.

The Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) pointed out that Guatemala has a concentrated HIV epidemic, primarily affecting transgender persons, men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers. Transgender persons in Guatemala have an HIV prevalence rate of about 23 percent, 8.9 percent among men who have sex with men (MSM) and about 1 percent for female sex workers. The HIV prevalence rate among the general population is relatively low of about 0.79 percent.

According to the Global Fund’s Grant Approvals Committee (GAC), the implementation of HIV response remains challenging due to Guatemala’s status as one of the most violent countries in the world (8th by homicide rate, UNODC), its high level of corruption (scoring only 33 percent with Transparency International), its multicultural environment (40 percent indigenous populations) and its inconsistent implementation of human rights legislation.

Hivos, as the Principal Recipient (PR) among civil society, is committed to raising awareness in Guatemalan society about HIV/AIDS and the social exclusion faced by populations at risk.  For years, Hivos has been working from a human rights perspective to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.