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Papers/Reports | April 11, 2015

AIDSRelief Guyana Final Report

Providing Treatment, Restoring Hope

From 2004 to 2012, AIDSRelief Guyana provided HIV care and treatment to more than 2,400 patients, including more than 1,500 who enrolled on lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART) at three treatment sites. In this small country, AIDSRelief’s patient load represented approximately 30% of adults enrolled in care and treatment programs in all of Guyana. Consortium members Catholic Relief Services, University of Maryland School of Medicine Institute of Human Virology, and Futures Group worked hand in hand with local partners to build the skills and systems needed to support high-quality care. A deep commitment to partnership underscored AIDSRelief’s relationships and capacity strengthening activities, which culminated in late 2011 when three local partners—Davis Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, and the Society of St. Vincent DePaul—formed a consortium and won a new grant to receive PEPFAR funds directly and assume full responsibility for managing the program.

This report outlines key outcomes and lessons learned during the eight-year program. It also describes approaches and methods that contributed to the program’s success. In the process, AIDSRelief has provided hope and has afforded longer and higher-quality lives to thousands of people affected by HIV, particularly the poor and those in rural areas.