Health Policy Project

The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).

Gender and Sexual Diversity Resources: Module 4



Module 4: Responsible Engagement

This module builds on the work done by global and regional organizations around Gender and sexual minorities (GSM) issues to define the concept of responsible engagement and enables participants implementing program activities for GSM to share their best practices.

Responsible Engagement and Key Populations

International donors and regional organizations have developed recommendations on how to respect political and cultural realities when addressing gender and sexual diversity (GSD) issues.

PEPFAR Technical Guidance on Combination Prevention
As described in the background section, "…multiple [HIV] epidemics exist within diverse populations and social networks, including concentrated epidemics within larger generalized epidemics. Identifying and targeting interventions to match the needs of multiple populations is difficult, especially when such epidemics involve groups that are often marginalized and discriminated against. This guidance is one component of PEPFAR's larger efforts to support comprehensive combination prevention responses in the countries where it operates."

Respect, Protect, Fulfill: Best practices guidance in conducting HIV research with gay, bisexual, and other MSM in rights-constrained environments
The specific aims of the guidance are to help researchers and community organizations better design and conduct meaningful research, to provide a check list for researchers and community organizations to consider during the entire research study process, and to offer lessons learned.

International Organizations Working on GSD

Global and regional organizations that both comprise and represent individuals of key populations play a vital role in effectively addressing the needs of GSM and achieving a program's overall goals.

African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR)
AMSHeR is a coalition of MSM/LGBTI-led organizations formed to respond to the human rights violations faced by LGBTI people and the disproportionate affects of HIV on MSM in Africa.

The Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF)
The Global Forum on MSM and HIV is a network of advocates and experts in health, human rights, research, and policy. The forum works towards an effective response to HIV among MSM.

Safety and Security

Programs often work with GSD issues in environments with obstructive policies; the following resources offer guidance on how individuals working for these programs can protect their clients and themselves.

Tools for Responsible Engagement with GSD

The following tools can be used in the field to address GSD issues.

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The Health Policy Project is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-10-00067, beginning September 30, 2010. The project's HIV-related activities are supported by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). It is implemented by Futures Group, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Avenir Health (previously Futures Institute), Partners in Population and Development, Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), RTI International, and White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA). The information provided on this Web site is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government.

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