Our programs are person centered, recognizing that even individuals who are part of a group or population have unique needs and preferences. We serve populations that are living with or are at highest risk of HIV due to their vulnerability or HIV risk behavior. For this reason, we continuously recognition what makes individuals vulnerable. For example, young people in poverty who have dropped out of school or those that have experienced sexual violence among others. Evidence has shown that these factors predispose individuals to HIV.
By using a peer led approach, we engage members of the populations we work with to guide us on what is best for these groups and to work directly with them to ensure our programs are addressing the right needs in the right way at the right time. To achieve this, we work with over 1000 key population, People Living with HIV – PLHIV and adolescent & youth peer educators and mentors across our programs.