Key Populations

Key populations (KP) bear disproportionate burdens of HIV infection. Globally, new infections among KPs and their sexual partners account for 36% of all new HIV infections.[1]  Achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 treatment targets will require a renewed and focused approach to identify most at-risk and vulnerable populations and respond to their specific needs.

Evidence suggests that KPs—notably men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs, sex workers, and transgender persons—are underserved and face violence, criminalization, ineffective policies that don’t protect their rights, and stigma and discrimination, including in health care settings. This reality prevents KPs from accessing needed HIV prevention and care services, leading to low service coverage, an important driver of ongoing HIV transmission in many resource limited settings. Young women and girls are also increasingly at risk of acquiring HIV. Acquisition of HIV is often associated with the incidence of unintended pregnancies, transactional sex, and gender-based violence.

1. UNAIDS, Gap Report, 2016.

Program Highlights

Continuous Quality Improvement through Collaboratives in the Caribbean
Since 2013, I-TECH has led quality improvement (QI) collaboratives in the Caribbean region, enabling multidisciplinary teams based at health facilities to work together toward a common goal of improving care and treatment for patients with HIV ...
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Differentiated Models of HIV Service Delivery in Tanzania
In October 2016, the Government of Tanzania adopted the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Treat All recommendations. The adoption of WHO recommendations, coupled with the Government of Tanzania’s acceptance of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets represents a significant commitment to the fight against HIV in Tanzania ...
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eLearning and HIV Diploma Course in the Caribbean
I-TECH partnered with the University of the West Indies (UWI) – St. Augustine campus in Trinidad and Tobago to develop a blended eLearning course that enables health care workers to provide high-quality clinical management of patients living with HIV ...
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Improving HIV Care for Key Populations in the Caribbean
In 2015 I-TECH designed and launched a novel preceptorship program called Improving HIV Care for Key Populations in the Caribbean. This initiative is aimed at building clinicians’ capacity to provide nonjudgmental, high-quality comprehensive HIV care to key, at-risk populations ...
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