The grant is delivered through two leading NGOs, the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and El Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN) and aims to reduce and remove stigma and discrimination to improve access to and uptake of HIV services for those who bear the highest burden of HIV infection in the region. UNDP provided support as interim PR for the Global Fund grant and following the implementation of a transition plan has handed over this role to CVC.
In 2015 there were 286,000 people living with HIV in the Caribbean, with the vast majority being in just four countries (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba).
Men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, marginalized young people and those using drugs are the target population of the programme. The programme for which UNDP is the PR covers eight countries (Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago).
Key results - HIV
6 country specific legal literacy manuals developed
146 key population peer leaders given legal literacy training
383 cases of human rights violations entered into the Shared Incident Database and 114 cases reported to the Human Rights Observatory
Regional activity highlights
- the development of a legal literacy manual for key populations and associated training
- the promotion and facilitation of community-based monitoring of legal rights through SIDNEYthe Shared Incidence Database
- support for policy advocacy and legal rights, including the “Do You Dare” Social Marketing Campaign
- support to community health workers and furthering partnerships built with the NAPs, ministries of health, Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)
- legal environment assessments (LEAs) in Suriname and Trinidad
Programme activity by country
CVC is a coalition of community leaders and non-governmental agencies based in Jamaica that work with and on behalf of Caribbean populations who are especially vulnerable to HIV infection or often forgotten in access to treatment and healthcare programmes. CVC is working to remove barriers of stigma and discrimination and to reduce the prevalence of HIV among key populations. We take action to ensure increased access to services, to promote a human rights framework for policy and programmes at national and regional levels and to build the capacity of the most vulnerable populations for effective self-advocacy.
COIN is a non-profit in the Dominican Republic established to address the emergence of the HIV / AIDS epidemic and human trafficking. COIN has focused its efforts on implementing educational programs that seek to support prevention of sexually transmitted infections like HIV and promote and health care for the most vulnerable persons in the Dominican Republic. Addressing challenges posed by stigma and discrimination has been a core part of the organization’s work. COIN has used innovative approaches which have been very effective with these groups and contributed to their empowerment.