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LINKAGES is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and implemented by FHI 360 in partnership with Pact, IntraHealth International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). In Angola, MSH is LINKAGES’ operating partner. The project aims to accelerate the ability of governments, key population (KP) organizations and private sector providers to collaboratively plan, deliver, and optimize services that reduce HIV transmission among KPs – sex workers (SW), men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender (TG) persons and people who inject drugs (PWIDs) – and their sexual partners and extend life for those who are HIV-positive. The project goal will be achieved through the following results:
The LINKAGES Angola program is a four-year program tasked with strengthening the Government of the Republic of Angola (GRA) and community responses to KP to help reduce HIV transmission among FSW, MSM, and TG, and to improve capacity and systems required to enroll and maintain KP in care. LINKAGES will work with the Ministry of Health, National Institute for the Fight Against AIDS (INLS in Portuguese) to accelerate emerging GRA programming toward KP. The objective is to strengthen the care cascade for KP and leveraging other PEPFAR programs in high impact sites of priority provinces. LINKAGES will then reach KP through scaling up proven peer interventions, testing, and strengthened facility, community and GRA outreach, with specific focus on minimizing stigma and discrimination.
The GBV Technical Officer will work within the outreach and prevention team to operationalize the project’s packet of services aimed at preventing new as well as responding to existing cases of gender-based violence in the community. Gender-based violence in all of its forms: economic, psychological, physical and sexual increase the risk for individuals to engage in risky behaviors. The inability of health and other care professionals and peers to recognize and properly address these forms of violence when counselling patients create so called “structural” barriers for individuals seeking help and support. KPs are disproportionally more affected by GBV however contextual factors may prevent them from even recognizing it as such. Given this, one of the main tasks of the GBV Technical Officer is creating awareness for these services among KPs. A second important task is equipping community prevention teams and health care professionals with the minimum competencies to not create additional trauma when counselling victims A third task, and perhaps the more complex, will be to develop a solid response mechanism that can quickly respond to occurrences of violence in “real time”, with the objective of de-escalating the threat or preventing it all together. For this last task, it will be critical to identify possible advocates (i.e., other peers, police, hot spot owners etc.), sensitize them and train them on the role to play to protect the victim.
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