Guyana has been gaining some much-needed support to help sustain its gains in the fight against HIV/AIDS and its awareness and most recently this support came in the form of a sizeable sum of US$189,181 (equivalent to G$37.8M) which was handed over the Public Health Ministry by the Alpha and Omega Community Health Associates Incorporated.
The Alpha and Omega Community Health Associates Inc. was formed in 2014 to fill the gap that existed for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that had experience with managing donor funding and project management in Guyana and the Caribbean.
Moreover, the support represents part of the government’s response to strengthen the national response to HIV/AIDS.
Essentially, the goal is to reduce HIV associated mortality, increase the mean survival time of people living with AIDS, reduce HIV seroprevalence in the antenatal population and among female commercial sex workers and men who have sex with men in Regions Two, Five and Six by providing them with a defined HIV prevention package of services.
Alpha and Omega Community Health Associates Inc is the sub-recipient of the implementation of the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism to which the Ministry of Public Health is the principal recipient.
The Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism provides grants to aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The approved grant will cover the period from July 15, 2019, to December 31, 2020.