Our project in Costa Rica ran from 2011-2015. 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 Costa Rica 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:
- Carried out research to improve the data available on the needs, risks and behaviours affecting men who have sex with men. These data have been used to improve the project’s effectiveness and the quality of funding proposals;
- Supported CIPAC to measure the impact of its work better, to interest new state funders;
- Made use of the opportunities arising from the Organization of American States having its court based in Costa Rica to improve human rights in Central America;
- Developed effective strategies to incorporate the needs of the LGBT community into the work of mainstream health service providers;
- Built new capacities in CIPAC through joint work with a broader spectrum of target populations (this was CIPAC’s first time working with transgender people);
- Built strong alliances between community-based organisations to prevent conflicts of interest;
- Expanded CIPAC’s influence with emerging organisations in neighbouring countries to develop its regional impact.