Our project in Ecuador 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 Ecuador won’t be among our focus countries in 2016-2020.
Supported community leaders, built networks and improved data
Our project focused on a number of key activities to achieve its objectives. It has:
- Helped partner NGOs to measure the impact of their work better, to interest new state funders;
- Developed a regional and international advocacy strategy to improve the laws protecting the LGBT community;
- Used the favourable laws already in place to change social attitudes towards LGBT, reduced homophobia in the health and education systems, and helped expand the reach of services;
- Raised awareness about homosexuality – and the need for tailored HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) services – so that services providers are more willing to work with our project partners.
Our project built on previous work to get LGBT rights recognised by the Organisation of American States.