Honduras

Project Dates: September 2012-January 2016

Project Overview:
The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Honduras is concentrated in key populations that include female sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, and in other priority populations such as the Garifuna ethnic group. The LMG Project in Honduras provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and to local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other non-public institutions to implement a new results-based management framework for the delivery of an HIV prevention and education services package to these key and priority populations.

In this new service delivery framework, the MOH sub-contracted to local NGOs and other non-public institutions to provide HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and rapid testing services to key and priority populations. The LMG Project provided technical assistance to strengthen the organizational capacity of the MOH to manage the sub-contracts, and to strengthen NGOs’ capacity to deliver quality services as defined in their contracts with the MOH.

Among the key accomplishments achieved by the MOH and NGOs, with the technical assistance provided by the LMG Project are:

  • Twenty-five (25) contracts issued to NGOs through four rounds of government bidding process. These contracts made it possible for key populations, including FSWs, MSM, Garifuna and transgender populations to have access to HIV and AIDS prevention services in four regions over three years.
  • The NGOs met or surpassed most of their programmatic targets, with close to 40,000 people reached from key populations with quality HIV prevention and education services.
  • NGOs shared knowledge with one another and with regional health staff on successful education methods in reaching key populations. For example, the LMG/Honduras Project hosted a knowledge exchange fair in June 2014 in which 60 people participated from 5 NGOs, 6 regional health departments, and the MOH central level units UAFCE and Unit for Decentralized Management (UGD) shared their educational tools, such as Friends Educating Friends and Bingomania.
  • The MOH and NGOs are better equipped to recognize and respond to cases of gender-based violence (GBV), especially as it relates to HIV/AIDS. The LMG/Honduras Project trained 85 people from local NGOs, MOH regional health staff, and health facility counselors, resulting in their development of 14 training plans for use by NGOs with their own beneficiaries on prevention of GBV, 14 referral plans for use by NGOs for cases of GBV, and 6 monitoring tools for regional health staff to monitor the NGOs’ activities on prevention of GBV.
  • Coordination at the local level between NGOs and Regional Health Offices of the MOH was established and reported upon as a useful and positive experience for the improvement of service delivery to key populations and in organizational strengthening for both groups.

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