AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI) is stepping up the fight against HIV and AIDS in Latin America with a significant expansion into Paraguay, via a new partnership with Fundacion Tres.
A meeting in New York on February 1 between AFAI officials and Fundacion Tres honorary president Elena Maria Franco identified four major goals for the partnership:
• The institution of “Cuanto Sabes?” in Paraguay. The educational program, which currently reaches more than 100,000 adolescents per year in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Panama and Venezuela, is aimed at preventing the spread of HIV by developing a culture of responsible and healthy sexuality among youth.
• The implementation of the Medical Training program, which during its successful tenure in previous instances has trained nearly 700 Latin American medical professionals in the care and treatment of people with HIV and AIDS. The training is conducted by experienced physicians from the U.S., teamed with similarly experienced medical professionals within the country;
• An expansion of AFAI’s advocacy efforts, under which AFAI Department of Advocacy personnel will work with Fundacion Tres and other Paraguayan AIDS organization to coordinate their joint efforts to influence the political process and social policy in that country;
• Growth of the Access to Treatment program, which has been operating in Paraguay for some time, but through the combined efforts of AFAI and Fundacion Tres is expected to reach many more needy recipients with free, recycled medication.
“This a big step forward in our efforts to improve the quality of life for every person living with HIV and AIDS in Latin America, prevent the spread of the pandemic and promote leadership and capacity building in every country in the region,” noted AFAI’s executive director Jesus Aguais. “We are very excited about the potential of our new relationship with Fundacion Tres.”