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The Stark Reality of Punished Pride: LGBTQ+ people in Latin America and the Caribbean

Every June, social networks, media and other platforms join the crusade in defense of equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community around the world, celebrating and recognizing diversity. In the Dominican Republic, although each year more allies and people join the movement willing to support freedom of self-expression; in reality,  openly expressing a sexual orientation or…

Celebrating Pride Month: I’m Just Like You Campaign

This year, AID FOR AIDS is commemorating PRIDE month with «I’m just like you», a social media campaign aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community and people with HIV. Created by Taller 5 and Versagil, the campaign is also sponsored by Colombia’s GSK and ViiV Laboratory. You can see the campaign on our social…

New HIV testing and Prevention Outreach in NYC for Summer 2021!

As mentioned in our March Newsletter, the city has begun to reopen and so have in-person activities for our Community Outreach Program. So far this year, we have carried out HIV testing and prevention workshops at Betances Health Center in Brooklyn, Mixteca Organization and the Mexican Consulate’s Ventanilla de Salud. As for the upcoming months,…

AID FOR AIDS launches “El Observatorio Migrante”

AID FOR AIDS is thrilled to present its most recent project in Latin America: El Observatorio Migrante (The Migrant’s Observatory), an initiative born out of the need to inform, monitor and influence change in all matters related to the current migration crisis in Latin America.   The Observatorio Migrante, inspired in the well-known Observatorio Latino…

AID FOR AIDS promotes female empowerment as a tool to reduce HIV infections

As UNAIDS points out, the lack of gender equality could be considered one of the main causes of HIV infections, as a consequence of the lack of information and sex education, mainly in continents such as Africa and Asia. This is also a reality in Latin America, and especially in Venezuela, where despite numerous campaigns…

The Ultimate Form of Recycling: Medicine Recycling

What do you do with the medicine that you no longer need? Do you even remember if you have unopened medicine bottles at home? What happens to the medicines that relatives no longer use?   In 2015, as much as $5 billion worth of unexpired and unused prescription drugs in unopened packs, bottles, and vials…

The power of the waterfall effect in responding to complex humanitarian problems: Venezuelan migrants in Cucuta

Since its inception in 1996, AID FOR AIDS (AFA) has been characterized by having an innovative and inclusive vision, developing scalable solutions to complex social problems. What began 25 years ago as a medicine redistribution program, now has turned into two international organizations with 8 offices combined around the world and more than 7 programs…

A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF THE YOUNG VENEZUELAN REFUGEE POPULATION THAT ENTERS COLOMBIA THROUGH CÚCUTA EXERCISES SEX FOR SURVIVAL

In addition to poverty, the lack of opportunities and the sheer will to survive that leads them to flee  Venezuela in pursue of a better life; Venezuelan refugees face a harsh reality in their host countries: many are led to perform sexual activities as their only mean for survival, exposing them to the possibility of…

‘Building a fairer, healthier world’: AID FOR AIDS’ work with Venezuelan refugees in Latin America

Every year on April 7th, the global community gathers to celebrate World Health Day. This celebration is an occasion to draw attention to pressing issues surrounding global health, and this year’s theme is “building a fairer, healthier world for everyone”.   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues impacting our world and socio-economic inequalities are exacerbated, marginalized…

Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Caribbean

Since March 2020, the team at AID FOR AIDS Dominican Republic (AFA DR)  has been increasing its efforts to diagnose HIV among the Haitian immigrant community regardless of their legal status. This has been done through home visits scheduled under the FHI360 project in partnership with USAID. Besides performing HIV testing, the team have also…