Extreme poverty, political instability, and inaccessible and poor quality health services, have all exacerbated the HIV epidemic in Haiti. People living with HIV are often subjected to violence, denied medical services and abandoned by friends and family. And lives are still being rebuilt after the devastating earthquake in January 2010, which left thousands of people without food, water and shelter, making people living with HIV more vulnerable than ever.
We’ve been working with Promoteurs de l’Objectif Zerosida (POZ) in Haiti for since 2005. When their office collapsed in the 2010 earthquake POZ continued their work out of tents, and took condoms and HIV prevention messages to the temporary camps where, for people living there, the risk of HIV was increased.
They continue to provide clinical care, counselling and psychosocial support. Last year POZ reached over 7,000 people with testing and couselling services, and enrolled 2,000 people in care and support programmes. They also train staff from other community organisations on how to reduce stigma against marginalised groups such as men who have sex with men, sex workers, and people living with HIV.