Guatemala – Army soldiers train in HIV prevention: a good practice to be developed by other armed forces

ejercito-guatemala-400x266Since mid-October, 2011, and thanks to the support of the Department of Defense of the United States, PASMO Guatemala implemented a project to strengthen HIV prevention in the Guatemalan Army. With this initiative, PASMO seeks to reduce the incidence of HIV among members of the army.

The project has important partners such as the Ministry of Defense, the Military Health Service, la Comisión Militar de Inmunodeficiencia Adquirida (COMISIDA), the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, The National Program on HIV and AIDS, and the comprehensive care units of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, which have acted as strategic partners in the implementation of this project.

In order to achieve a significant impact within the Guatemalan military, peer soldiers on HIV prevention have trained. These groups have been trained to make HIV prevention interventions in their commands. Soldiers have participated in training workshops to provide HIV counseling along with testing service.

Similarly, more than 21 military doctors participated in a congress on care and treatment to people with HIV. The project has included a component of condom distribution and 15 clinics have been refurbished with equipment and instruments of nursing.

Source: Boletín Asociación PASMO