Over the past 10 years, FHI 360 has implemented and refined a combination of outreach strategies — through the USAID-funded SHARP (2004-2009), SHARPER (2010-2014), and LINKAGES (2014-2019) projects — to overcome the structural barriers that prohibit key populations from safely accessing HIV prevention, care, and treatment services. The SHARPER project implemented social-media networking, community events, helpline counseling, and SMS reminders to reach these men and women. Through the LINKAGES project, FHI 360 repositioned its outreach approach toward the “90-90-90” care and treatment goals of the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS’ (UNAIDS) — to diagnose 90% of people living with HIV (PLHIV), enroll 90% percent of PLHIV on antiretroviral treatment (ART), and achieve viral suppression in 90% of those on ART by 2020. To that end, LINKAGES used peer education, helpline counseling, social-media outreach, and outreach events to fulfill its mandate of enrolling key populations in HIV care and treatment in Ghana.
Hidden No More: Innovative Approaches for Reaching Key Populations for HIV Care and Treatment in Ghana
Media type: Document
Year of publication: 2016