Dominican Republic


AID FOR AIDS – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF OUR HISTORY

AID FOR AIDS in the Dominican Republic is a local office of AID FOR AIDS International and has existed in the country since 1996. When the organization first arrived on the island, the local office was situated in the Department of Humanities in the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), where it served as the administrative headquarters. The office was officially registered as an NGO in 2002 with the Access to Treatment Program. Since that time we have implemented a number of programs focused on contributing to the eradication of the pandemic and improving the quality of life for the most vulnerable groups affected by the virus, through the development of skills and empowerment.

PROGRAMS OF AID FOR AIDS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

PREVENTION PROGRAM “How Much Do You Know about HIV and AIDS?”

is a primary prevention program geared toward adolescents and young adults from developing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, who are trained to become leaders and agents of change in their communities. The program is based on a peer education methodology. Young people are trained and then afterwards they go on to transmit what they have learned to the their peers. In this way, the program offers young people, health professionals, companies and organizations, people with HIV and their families, and the general public correct and current information about HIV and AIDS, and at the same time they incorporate information on life skills, as spelled out by the World Health Organization, and promoting the eradication of stigma and discrimination towards people with HIV and AIDS. All of this is accomplished by incorporating techniques from neurolinguistic programming. By incorporating these techniques into their daily lives, people become empowered with basic education in order to achieve a better quality of life and appreciate the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle.

ACCESS TO TREATMENT PROGRAM

This program provides antiretroviral treatment to people with HIV and AIDS who otherwise would not have access to such treatment, especially third generation medications not available in the country. Thanks to this program, people with HIV and AIDS who are resistant to the treatment regimens provided by the Ministry of Health and Social Security are able to access other types of antiretroviral treatments that will save their lives. Currently, there are 41 beneficiaries receiving monthly donations of medicine, saving the State more than $800,000 in medicine annually.

COMPREHENSIVE ATTENTION PROGRAM FOR BOYS, GIRLS, AND ADOLESCENTS WITH HIV OR AIDS

The first stages of this program have been implemented in the Dr. Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital since 2010. Its main objective is to offer orientation and emotional, social, psychopedagogical support to boys, girls, and adolescents with HIV or AIDS and their family members. The program provides tools of empowerment for boys, girls, and adolescents about their life and health from an early age, the strengthening of adherence to medical treatment, and the reinforcement of their academic activities as well.

MAIN ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  1. Provided comprehensive attention to 854 people
  2. We provided monthly HIV medication donations to 47 Dominicans in 2012. In addition, all of these beneficiaries received free diagnostic tests as well as viral load and CD4 exams.
  3. We trained 119 teachers to become facilitators, 1,320 young people as multiplying agents, and we reached approximately 29 thousand individuals in the general community through more than 58 schools.
  4. In this year we have also started training a group of 40 leaders from the LGBT community who will be equipped with the necessary tools for preventing HIV and multiplying important information inside of their communities.
  5. In 2012 we offered support to more than 400 boys and girls through our project as sub-recipients of the Global Fund with the help of CONAVIHSIDA.

OUR ALLIES

CONAVIHSIDA, as sub-recipients of the Global Fund
DIGECITSS
Network of Young People Living with HIV
Robert Reid Hospital

STAFF AND CONTACT INFO

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

Address: C/Rafael Augusto Sanchez, No.46, Condominio Ana Yudid, Apt 201-B, Naco, entre la Lope de Vega y la Tiradente.
Telephone: 1-809-682-9371
deguzman@aidforaids.org

Children’s Program

Dr. Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital
Address: Ave. Abraham Lincoln #2, Casi Esq. Ave. Independencia
Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
Telephone (809) 533-1111


  

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT: Claudia Messina

OUR STAFF

Deyanira Guzmán
Access to Treatment Program Coordinator
deguzman@aidforaids.org

Patria Luciano
¿Cuanto Sabes? Program Coordinator
PLuciano@aidforaids.org

Yohanny Saldaña
Comprehensive Attention to Boys, Girls, and Adolescents Program Coordinator
ysaldana@hotmail.com

Esther Peres
Accountant
estherperes21@hotmail.com

TO MAKE A DONATION IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Bank Account

Account Number: 358101
Type of Account: Checking
Bank: Banco León
Make payable to: Fundación AID FOR AIDS