Last month, Jaime Valencia, Director of Operations at AID FOR AIDS, traveled to the Dominican Republic to facilitate a series of workshops together with Ms. Rita Banus, Programs Coordinator from our office in Panama.
The series titled, “Strengthening the National Response to the HIV Epidemic in the Dominican Republic,” focused on strengthening the capacity and knowledge of healthcare providers, counselors and promoters who make home-visits to people with HIV.
The workshops were conducted in Santo Domingo in collaboration with CONAVIHSIDA (the National Council for HIV and AIDS), the primary recipient of funding from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Dominican Republic. The Global Fund was created to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world’s most devastating diseases through directing resources to areas most affected by these epidemics. Funding from this source goes toward programs such as this workshop series.
Speaking of the workshops held in DR, Jamie said, “They were a great success with a lot of enthusiastic participants. The workshops also made us realize the importance of education at the community level, as these are the people who are in constant direct contact with the patients on a daily basis.”
This is just a small sampling of the work we do in the Dominican Republic and across the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean. To learn more about our AIDS Treatment Access Program that is helping to save lives across the world, follow this link.