Keeping the Focus on Key Populations: CLAC with LINKAGES Overhauls Important Online Resource Hub

LINKAGES joins The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) in celebrating the release of the redesigned website for the Community Action and Leadership Collaborative (CLAC).

Below is a reposting of the press release from the MSMGF on the recent release of the newly designed CLAC.

CLACThe MSMGF is proud to announce the launch of a redesigned website for the Community Action and Leadership Collaborative (CLAC). As a member of CLAC, the MSMGF has collaborated with the USAID– and PEPFAR-supported LINKAGES project to update and maintain a resource library for key population-related policy and practice. It will serve as an online hub for accessing the best information and resources on HIV for sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs, and transgender people. The library contains a curated set of tools and materials to serve a range of audiences working to address the needs of key populations, including policymakers, advocates, program planners and implementers, health care workers, and peer educators. This includes linking beneficiaries with tools and resources that build and strengthen communities with a focus on organizational and technical capacity.

“We are happy to see this improved resource library in support of key population-focused work,” said Dr. George Ayala, Executive Director of MSMGF.

“The partnership between CLAC and LINKAGES, ensures greater coverage of vital information and tools that can support scale-up of evidence-informed and rights-based approaches for addressing HIV among men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who inject drugs and transgender people.”

CLAC is a unique collaboration between AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE), the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), the Global Network for Sex Work Projects (NSWP), the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD), and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC). Working together, we are able to link our first-hand knowledge of key populations to strong expertise in the areas of prevention, HIV and tuberculosis treatment access, human rights and community engaged programming.

“Knowledge sharing is fundamental for creating action at scale,” said Kevin Osborne, LINKAGES Project Director. “LINKAGES is thrilled to have worked with CLAC to strengthen this important resource library where policymakers, funders, advocates, implementers and other stakeholders can go to access accurate and up-to-date tools, share lessons and promote best practices on HIV prevention, care and treatment for key populations.”
The new, redesigned CLAC website can be reached at www.clac.cab.

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