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A provincial antiretroviral therapy nurse, peer educator, and MWENHO peer navigator gather after a training.

Until LINKAGES Angola developed an instrument to assess a person’s risk for contracting HIV and identify key populations, the Associação de Mulheres Vivendo com o VIH e SIDA, or MWENHO, did not have a way of indicating with certainty if they worked with key populations or not.Through LINKAGES, MWENHO hired peer navigators—persons living with HIV who could mentor others on how to overcome the challenges of starting and adhering to treatment for HIV.

The 20th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is being held in Kigali, Rwanda this week, from Dec 2-7. The forum serves as a platform to take stock of achievements and challenges impeding progress toward the UNAIDS’ global 90-90-90 targets and pave the way for efficient innovation and collaboration toward reaching epidemic control in Africa.MSH’s Dr.

Role playing activity at a violence prevention and response workshop. Photo credit: MSH

Gender-based violence (GBV) prevention services have been integrated with HIV prevention and testing services under the LINKAGES Project in Angola since 2017. Outreach workers from the Associação de Solidariedade & Ajuda Mútua (ASCAM), as part of their HIV-prevention messaging, now provide GBV awareness and support to those who experienced such attacks.Today, ASCAM’s teams no longer conduct HIV work without discussing violence prevention.

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