Honduras: LMG Supports Management of HIV and AIDS Programs

Staff teach local Hondurans to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS.Honduras is a lower middle-income country that has seen improvements in certain health and economic indicators, but still suffers from serious social inequalities, and communicable disease rates are quite high.[1] The HIV prevalence rate in the country is disproportionately high, particularly among key, underserved population groups. In 2012, in order to build local capacity and sustainability, USAID announced that future funding for education and prevention programs for HIV and AIDS in Honduras would be transferred directly to the Ministry of Health (MOH).  

In October 2012, USAID contacted LMG to support the Honduras Ministry of Health and NGOs on building their knowledge and capacity to manage grants of HIV and AIDS education and prevention activities. LMG’s work builds upon the prior experience of the AIDSTAR-Two Project (managed by Management Sciences for Health) in Honduras.

The expected results of the LMG/Honduras program are to: Develop the organizational capacity within the Honduras Ministry of Health to establish and support local NGOs in the effective funding, management and stewardship of HIV prevention services; and

  • Enhance the organizational capacity of local NGOs to implement evidence‐based, quality HIV prevention services for key populations, in compliance with new MOH funding mechanisms. 

LMG/Honduras will work closely with the Honduras Ministry of Health and local NGOs to develop a plan to strengthen the leadership, management and governance capacity in order to further expand coverage of quality HIV prevention services. LMG/Honduras will also work with the AIDSTAR-One Project (managed by John Snow, Inc.) to ensure that women receive quality health coverage through its support to NGOs by raising awareness around gender issues, and mainstreaming gender elements into programming for key populations.

[1] See Honduras health profile, World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int/gho/countries/hnd.pdf.