LINKAGES, a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is their largest global project dedicated to key populations — men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), sex workers, and transgender people. Led by FHI 360 in partnership with Pact, IntraHealth International, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, LINKAGES will conduct a range of activities to reduce HIV transmission among key populations and their partners and to improve their enrollment and retention in care across the HIV cascade.
Under LINKAGES, the FHI 360-led team will accelerate the ability of governments, organizations working with key populations at risk of HIV, and private-sector providers to plan and implement services that reduce HIV transmission among key populations and their sexual partners and extend the lives of those already living with HIV.
Project activities will enhance the HIV prevention and care cascade by increasing reach to key populations most at risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV, promoting routine HIV testing and counseling, and actively enrolling those with HIV into care and support interventions that enable them to remain in care. The project also will help countries use and scale up evidence-based approaches to service provision; help key populations mobilize and advocate for changes in laws and the conduct of police, health care workers and policymakers; and work with governments to make programs sustainable for the long term.