The overall goal of the project is to reduce the impact of HIV on internally displaced people (IDP), on people living with HIV (PLHIV) and on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), and in that way contribute to revitalising the HIV prevention in the post-disaster Haiti. The specific objectives are: reducing sexually risky behaviour, reducing stigmatisation and discrimination against OVC and PLHIV, increasing family resilience in those in charge of PLHIV and OVC. Prior to the earthquake, the Haiti AIDS response had built comprehensive and coordinated HIV prevention, treatment, care and support components. The progress achieved by Haiti’s AIDS response is now under serious threat. Many hospitals and health centres have been partially or completely destroyed. Infrastructures were severely damaged, and health staff and health care systems were affected. Access to HIV prevention services has been reduced, and social support networks disrupted. Many of the conditions that facilitate the spread of HIV exist today in the earthquake affected zones. South East and South departments in Haiti in post-disaster setting.
The integrated project is implemented with a multi-sector approach at community level through community sensitisation and awareness raising, as well as providing training on HIV, and on sexual and gender based violence. Households affected by and/or living with HIV are provided support for essential needs and long term livelihoods, as well as home based care. Orphans and vulnerable children are given educational and health related support. The capacity of associations for people living with HIV are reinforced, as are the human resource activities of the Haiti Red Cross Society’s branches.
Implementing partner: Haiti Red Cross Society. The project directly targets three groups: 4 200 internally displaced people (IDP) (living with HIV), 1 126 people living with HIV (PLHIV), and 800 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Another 120 000 people will benefit from the sensitisation sessions. The project – indirectly and directly – targets a total of 474 319 people.