In their first-ever collaboration, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) met this summer with representatives of the Cuban Ministry of Health to discuss a partnership for strengthening the country’s HIV program. The inaugural meeting coincided with a donation of half a million condoms, reaffirming AHF’s commitment to support HIV and STI prevention efforts in the country.
The three-day trip also included strategic meetings on the country’s way forward in its HIV response and site visits to a health facility and ProSalud (National Unit for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention), which leads an initiative to reach key populations.
“We were honored to meet with members of the country’s health department and hope this visit and condom donation will lead to a more robust partnership in the future,” said Dr. Jose Luis Sebastian—Regional Director for AHF’s Andean Region. “The government and civil society staff at facilities we visited exhibited steadfast dedication to serving people living with HIV and other vulnerable populations, including senior citizens, MSM, and sex workers. I’m confident we can work together to achieve impactful results and look forward to future cooperation.”
Along with the potential for a more concrete partnership down the road, discussions also centered on key focus areas, including training for medical staff and peer educators, strengthening community networks, enhanced mobile services, increased access to condoms and supplies, and cooperation and training with other regional AHF teams.
AHF currently operates programs in 12 countries across the Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau, where it provides HIV/AIDS care and treatment to more than 238,200 patients