Assessment of Provider Adherence to Best Practices for reaching key populations with HIV prevention and testing services in the Eastern Caribbean
Project Description: HIV/AIDS is a significant public health concern in the Caribbean region. The region represents the 2nd highest prevalence rate in the world, behind sub-Saharan Africa. The epidemic is primarily driven by high incidence rates in certain key populations, including men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSWs) and transgender. If programs target these key populations with appropriate and timely prevention and testing services, HIV incidence in the region will decrease. This project will assess whether MoHs and CSOs in the Eastern Caribbean are using appropriate strategies to reach these key populations with services. Countries in the Eastern Caribbean region include Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. These countries currently receive external funding through The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. The project will compare strategies and practices in use and compare to international and regional best practices. Recommendations will be developed to help MoHs and CSOs refocus their outreach efforts on the most effective strategies. The main research question will be, Do CSOs and Ministries of Health in the Eastern Caribbean adhere to and utilize effective and proven strategies to reach and deliver HIV prevention and testing services to key populations?
QPI: Kevin, Reeves, (email@example.com)
Advisors: Michael, Moorhouse, (firstname.lastname@example.org)
UF Health Big Aims: Reduce Variation None
MeSH Keywords: Point-of-Care Testing, HIV, Primary Prevention, Quality Control, Caribbean Region, Sex Workers