Guyana HIV/AIDS Reduction and Prevention (GHARP II)
The Guyana HIV/AIDS Reduction and Prevention (GHARP II) project provides technical support to USAID's HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment program in Guyana. The project, a three and a half year task order under the AIDSTAR indefinite quantity contract (IQC) mechanism, includes partners from Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Howard Delafield International (HDI), and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). GHARP II maintains and strengthens the achievements of the GHARP I program while focusing efforts to benefit Guyanese citizens that are at the greatest risk of acquiring HIV and least able to access HIV prevention, care, and treatment services.
Alongside its partners, MSH is using its understanding of HIV issues to strengthen health systems, develop prevention interventions with a focus on most-at-risk populations (MARPs), and improve the quality of HIV-related services. Serving as the project’s marketing and private-sector partner, HDI creatively applies commercial marketing, advertising, behavioral change strategies, and private-sector linkages to create demand for products and services among targeted populations. For example, HDI designed and implemented Guyana's model condom social marketing program and led the establishment of the Guyana Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS. AHF facilitates ongoing transfer of skills and knowledge to healthcare providers and supports facilities through technical assistance on voluntary counseling testing (VCT) and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) to ensure that programs are sustainable, scalable, and replicable.
Through the GHARP II program, MSH and its partners are working with the government, civil society, and the private for-profit sector to improve HIV programming in Guyana. To strengthen health systems, the project reinforces the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Health, the USAID-funded Community Support and Development Service Ltd (CSDS), NGOs, the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS. GHARP II is developing preventive interventions that promote behavior change among MARPs—particularly men having sex with men and female sex workers—and directly addressing the stigma and discrimination that impedes their access to services. The project is also working to strengthen the capacity of NGOs to provide high-quality HIV services that are fully integrated into the national health program. GHARP II carefully monitors its work to maintain technical rigor, adhere to strict data quality standards, and fully meet reporting requirements.
Respecting the interdependence of the many actors and stakeholders in the Guyanese response to HIV, MSH will leverage USAID investments, improving donor coordination, reinforcing existing partnerships and developing new ones. GHARP II fully integrates its planning with that of the most important stakeholders: USAID, the Ministry of Health’s National AIDS Program Secretariat (NAPS), CSDS, the NGOs, UNAIDS and other UN agencies.
Dr, Olufemi Owoeye
Chief of Party, GHARP II
266 Forshaw Street, Queenstown