East Asia and the Pacific

Regional Development Mission Asia (Total GHCS-State: $240,000)

USAID ($120,000): USAID will provide financial and technical assistance to local community-based MSM and groups of female sex workers in Laos, including in partnerships with local government service providers, for HIV prevention.

HHS/CDC ($120,000): CDC will provide technical support to the Laos Ministry of Health (MOH) to build capacity and systems to respond to the MARP-driven HIV epidemic, including strengthening HIV surveillance and data use, the quality of HIV-related laboratory testing, and the quality of HIV care and treatment clinical services.

USAID RDMA and the CDC Asia Regional Office pursue a unified “One USG” approach in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Leveraging both agencies’ strengths, USAID/RDMA supports technical assistance and capacity-building of civil society of key Asian Pacific countries’ HIV responses; CDC supports technical assistance to the governmental element of key Asian Pacific countries’ HIV responses. The two agencies coordinate closely in all HIV activity planning, including planning for use of other resources and the two regional programs operate inter-dependently towards stronger national HIV responses in region. Given limited PEPFAR resources for regional programming, RDMA and headquarters agreed that the resources would have the most impact in Laos and have thus targeted MARPs in Laos for the past two years. Together, USAID/RDMA and CDC are building the capacity of the Laos MOH and community groups to engage with partners funded by the Global Fund in HIV prevention programs for MARPs. The use of this FY 2010 GHCS-State funding in Laos is providing the basis for valuable lessons of use throughout the region, as the behavioral target populations are the same. GHCS-State funds are playing a critical role in the USG’s ability to leverage host government and Global Fund responses in Laos and the region.

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