AIDSTAR-One/USAID skills building workshop in West Africa: Key findings for guiding programming for most-at-risk populations in mixed epidemic settings

Conference Reports
Arlington, VA
26 p.

AIDSTAR-One, in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) West Africa Regional Health Office in Accra, Ghana, and supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, facilitated a workshop held May 2–3, 2012, in support of regional HIV prevention activities. The workshop contributed to the regional Health Office’s three-fold strategy: 1) to expand evidence-based prevention activities to underserved most at-risk populations (MARPs), 2) to implement interventions that are replicable, scalable, and results oriented, and 3) to increase regional and global knowledge of prevention programming for mixed epidemics. The purpose of this report is to document elements of the process and the tools that were used in the workshop so that other groups or countries might be able to draw on these tools or replicate the process in other settings. These tools helped to promote dialogue within and between countries, to build program planning skills, and to share knowledge among a diverse set of planners and implementers. It is hoped that sharing the knowledge of these stakeholders and the processes used during this workshop will benefit others both in the region and globally, and enhance the voice of MARPs in the region.

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