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Haiti and El Salvador: new linking organisations

25
NOV
2010

POZ working out of tents after the recent earthquake

The Alliance is delighted to announce that two of our partners, one in Haiti and one in El Salvador have become linking organisations of the Alliance.

The two organisations Promoteurs Objectif Zerosida in Haiti and Asociacion Atlacatl Vivo Postivo in El Salvador will play a key role in the Alliance’s aim to scale up new programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Facing challenges in Haiti

Formed in 1995, POZ has been collaborating with the Alliance since 2005.

The assessment team and Alliance Secretariat acknowledged how strong and mature POZ has become, especially after the challenge of Haiti’s recent devastating earthquake.

Since the disaster, and in spite of losing two of its three main buildings, POZ has demonstrated its stability by continuing its programmes and activities. Less than three months after the earthquake POZ had resumed nearly all its work – largely out of tents - providing essential services to people living with HIV (see image above). Read more

By collaborating with various churches and community-based organisations POZ has increased the uptake of HIV prevention, care and treatment services in Haiti by addressing HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

Tackling stigma in El Salvador

Atlacatl was established in 1998 by HIV positive activists and has been working with the Alliance since 2008.

The assessment process recognised Atlacatl’s strong policy and communications presence in El Salvador and found its involvement with key populations in the country particularly impressive. This includes men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and people living with HIV.

One of the issues faced by key populations in El Salvador is a high level of stigma and discrimination. This is a key issue that Atlacatl will address by launching an anti-stigma project modelled on initiatives that have already proved successful in Mexico.

El Salvador was also commended for its highly qualified and committed staff and sound financial and management systems.

Read more on accreditation