Success Stories by Region



Increasing School Re-enrollment Rates in Malawi

The USAID-supported Girls' Empowerment through Education and Health Activity (ASPIRE) project is working to empower young women to take control of their educational future.

Mitigating Stigma in HIV Services for Key Populations in Senegal

The USAID-supported HIV Prevention 2.0 (HP2) Study is using a multilayered approach to mitigate stigma in HIV-related services for key populations in Senegal.

Reducing TB-HIV Co-infection in Lesotho through Innovative Mobile Technology

The USAID-supported START Study shows promise in SMS text messaging, known as mHealth intervention technology, in increasing HIV-TB medication adherence in Lesotho.

Local Capacity Initiative Leads Mozambique Towards Addressing 90-90-90

N'weti, a civil society organization (CSO) in Mozambique, is proving the power CSOs have in controlling the HIV and AIDS epidemic and helping to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals.

Mathematical Modeling Key to HIV Response

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) is an integral part to the HIV and AIDS response. Using mathematical modeling through innovative web-based tools, USAID is taking VMMC data collection to the next level, helping shape national and global policies on VMMC.

Parenting in South Africa amid the Threat of HIV

The USAID-supported Let's Talk activity under Ikusasa Lethu is designed to help adults living with HIV and the adolescents in their care.

From Traditional Healter to Ambassador for Male Circumcision in Tanzania

As a traditional healer in Ikombaboba village in Tanzania's Tabora region, Albert Cosmas uses rituals and herbal remedies, learned from his grandfather, to heal people.

Private HIV Clinics Expand Care, Prevention in Côte d'Ivoire

When Dr. Anwanzi Ahui, a physician in Côte d'Ivoire, heard about a private sector network for HIV patients, he was immediately interested. He knew there was great demand for HIV services, so he signed on to be part of the pilot program.


Success in Laos: HIV Testing by Friendly Faces in Comfortable Settings has Increased Participation

"You're sexy when you know it. Get tested." One slogan for the 2015 International HIV Testing Day in Laos playfully promoted a critical phase in the HIV cascade of services.

LINKAGES Thailand: Using Peer Mobilizers to Increase Uptake of HIV Testing and Counseling

Less than half of all men who have sex with men in Asia know their HIV status. Current models of outreach-based promotion of HIV testing and counseling (HTC) have largely experienced low success rates in testing and identifying HIV positive individuals.

USAID LINKAGES Project Produces Gay OK Bangkok, a Thai Web Series about Living with HIV

The USAID-funded LINKAGES Thailand project is targeting sexual norms through an innovative web series, Gay OK Bangkok, which drew more than 60,000 viewers in March with a soapy story of love, trust, and HIV.

Tracking System Closes Gap Between HIV Diagnosis and Care in Vietnam

When Hieu Trinh Thi married five years ago, she knew that her husband Truong might be HIV positive since he had been an intravenous drug user in the past. In Hai Phong, Vietnam, where the couple lives, 44 percent of people who inject drugs are infected with the virus.

More Vietnamese Are Getting Tested for HIV

In a quiet alley in the southern part of the capital city of Hanoi, a man and a woman are seated on small plastic stools, conferring in low tones. The man drinks a glass of tea while the woman pulls out a sheaf of perforated papers—referral slips—and begins filling one out. She hands the slip of paper to her companion and explains its purpose as he sips his drink, nodding.

Thai HIV Clinics Target High-Risk Groups to Promote Testing

Sometimes it's best to go where everyone does not know your name, but where you feel welcome just the same. It's that way for many men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women who are among the more than half a million people living with HIV in Thailand. Roughly the same number have died since the epidemic began in the country in 1984.

Papua New Guinea Champions HIV/AIDS Patient Care

Treating patients with HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea is complex. Those who carry the disease also carry the burden of social stigma. By the time an infected individual finally braves a visit to a clinic, they may be very sick.


Ukrainian Women Learn to Cope with HIV Status

The USAID RESPECT project, implemented by the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, supports activities that reduce self-stigmatization and empower people living with HIV.

Reducing HIV/AIDS Risk in Ukraine for Injection Drug Users

Viktor* is a 44-year-old drug addict from Ukraine with a long history of injection drug use punctuated by a series of prison sentences.

Visit to US Inspires Kazakh HIV Activist

Although NGOs in Kazakhstan have done much to address injustices against persons living with HIV, high levels of social stigma and institutional discrimination persist.

Kazakhstan AIDS Center Gains from US Tour

As Kazakhstan continues to develop economically, it also continues to develop its civil society sector, particularly, organizations focused on improving the lives of those living with HIV. HIV is a worldwide pandemic, and it will take the effort of every country's government, working with civil society and health-care institutions, to prevent its spread and to assist those infected.

Latin America & the Caribbean

Key Populations Count

The USAID-funded LINKAGES Honduras project is streamlining data collection and reporting processes, allowing for better targeting and access to care and treatment services for key populations.

Study Explores Gender-Based Violence in Latin America & the Caribbean

Gender-based violence and HIV are closely linked in the lives of key populations, including countless female sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgender women across the globe.

Combating Fear and Stigma While Living with HIV in Jamacia

Thirty-eight-year-old Jennifer, a hairdresser and single mother of four, has been HIV-positive for 14 years. While she is now a strong activist and advocate for the HIV community, this was not always the case. In 1999, when she first learned of her positive status, she feared the stigma that the virus carried with it and, more importantly, the impact that it would have on her children's lives and futures.

Dominican Republic Activists Work to Advance Transgender Health Care

Estefania Hernandez and Nairobi Castillo know to expect the worst when they visit a medical clinic. As members of transgender communities in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, they encounter health care providers who refer to them as "he"; who tell them to use the men's bathroom; and who treat them with ridicule, scorn or even outright dismissal from the clinic.

Preventing Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission in Haiti

With funding from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), administered locally by USAID, the Supply Chain Management System has been supporting Haiti's national AIDS program since 2006. The system delivers antiretroviral drugs to treat opportunistic infections, as well as rapid test kits and lab commodities to PMTCT programs in more than 120 USAID-supported sites throughout the island.

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