Detailed Mechanism Funding and Narrative

Years of mechanism: 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Details for Mechanism ID: 10577
Country/Region: Ghana
Year: 2011
Main Partner: FHI 360
Main Partner Program: NA
Organizational Type: NGO
Funding Agency: USAID
Total Funding: $1,290,000

A task order under the AIDSTAR IQC was awarded by March 2010 - the SHARPER Project. Objectives are to improve MARP and PLHIV's knowledge, attitudes and practice of key health behaviors; to increase utilization of quality HIV/AIDS related health services for MARP and PLHIV; and to strengthen human and institutional capacity of MARP and PLHIV program implementers and coordination bodies. Activities will take place in 30 districts with a concentration of MARP, with at least 25 NGO subgrantees carrying out the interventions.

The HIV/AIDS prevention interventions for MARP and PLHIV focus primarily on the following key health behaviors: 1) use condoms consistently and correctly; 2) use non-oil based lubricants properly; 3) get tested and know your result; 4) disclose your HIV status to regular partners; 5) promptly seek appropriate and effective treatment (including for STI); 6) adhere to treatment (including ART, OIs and STIs); 7) reduce your number of multiple and concurrent sexual partners; 8) actively participate in program design and implementation; 9) eat healthfully; 10) protect yourself against infectious diseases such as TB, malaria and diarrhea. Main means to reach the target groups are Peer and small group education; condom promotion, bar activations and cell-phone-based interventions. In addition, there's a focus on reducing vulnerability of MARP through improved legal protection which should lead to a reduction of gender-based violance and coercion.

Funding for Testing: HIV Testing and Counseling (HVCT): $100,000

Through peer education, outreach, "Helpline" programs and TC services, MSM, FSW, MSW, NPPs and PLHIV will be encouraged to disclose their HIV status to their regular partners. Provider-initiated TC will be introduced for all STI clients.

Funding for Sexual Prevention: Abstinence/Be Faithful (HVAB): $190,000

Funding will be used for partner reduction activities among NPPs of CSWs and among the MSM population, using peer education and DJs at MSM "trust" parties. There are no abstinence-only activities planned.

Funding for Sexual Prevention: Other Sexual Prevention (HVOP): $1,000,000

Funding will be used to promote HIV/AIDS prevention and healthier behavior among MARP and PLHIV, through peer education programs, community events and telecommunication programs. Appropriate and consistent condom use of will be promoted among male and female sex workers (MSW and FSW), their clients, their NPPs, MSM and their female partners and PLHIV, including distribution of condoms and lubricant, through peer educators. Dedicated "Help Lines" with specially trained telephone counselors for MSM and for FSWs that were started in 2008 will be scaled up, and a helpline for PLHIV will be piloted.

Subpartners Total: $0
Catholic Relief Services: NA
Exp Momentum: NA
Opportunities Industrialization Centers International: NA
Social Impact: NA
Cross Cutting Budget Categories and Known Amounts Total: $300,000
Gender: Gender Based Violence (GBV) $100,000
Human Resources for Health $200,000
Key Issues Identified in Mechanism
Increasing gender equity in HIV/AIDS activities and services
Increasing women's legal rights and protection
Family Planning