Our project in Brazil ran from 2011-2013. It was aimed at changing social attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and improving the services they can access. Key populations have a higher risk of HIV infection in every region of the world. For the new programme period we identified regions and countries where we have an added value, based on our track record, epidemiological data and strategic considerations. Based on these considerations Brazil won’t be among our focus countries in 2016-2020.
Improved data, increased funding and measured impact
Our project focused on a number of key activities to achieve its objectives. It has:
- Improved the data available on the specific risks and behaviours that affect the health of transgender people;
- Lobbied national and regional policy makers to increase funding for LGBT health initiatives and help partners access the funding available;
- Used the favourable laws already in place to change social attitudes towards LGBT and help expand the reach of services;
- Developed effective strategies to get the needs of the LGBT community incorporated into the work of mainstream health service providers.
Previous programmes have shown the importance of being able to measure impact. Our project included a specific focus on improving the monitoring and evaluation skills of partners so they can demonstrate their impact to potential funders.