USAID Strengthening the Care Continuum Project

Country: Ghana

Client(s): USAID/Ghana

Services: Technical Assistance, Capacity Development

Technical Expertise: Health Systems Strengthening, HIV


While Ghana has made significant progress in reducing its number of HIV cases, analysis from 2014 shows that a significant number of all new infections—43%—occur among key populations, including men who have sex with men, female sex workers, transgender individuals, and their partners. Currently, weak referral linkages, inadequate key population-friendly clinical services, and high levels of stigma and discrimination among health staff and community members prevent members of key populations from receiving the care they require.

To remedy these issues, JSI leads the USAID Strengthening the Care Continuum project, which improves the capacity of the Government of Ghana and its partners to provide quality and comprehensive HIV services for key populations and people living with HIV. Using a coordinated and sustainable country-owned and led approach, JSI is improving key populations’ access to and use of HIV services while reducing stigma and discrimination in health settings.

From the project’s start, JSI has worked alongside civil society organizations to strengthen their capability to develop, manage, and execute innovative HIV projects that serve members of key populations. By establishing public-private partnerships for HIV/AIDS services with organizations across the continuum of care, JSI harnesses the expertise, core competencies, and business resources of non-traditional actors to develop creative joint solutions to improve HIV services for key populations. Guided by Ghanaian leadership, members of the key population community, and relevant government policies related to key populations, JSI is helping the government better manage each stage of the treatment cascade (HIV testing and diagnosis; getting and staying in medical care; treatment initiation; and achieving viral suppression) to ensure clinics and community services are welcoming to and understanding of key populations.

 

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