“Do not lose hope if you have what I have. There are medications. There are people there to help you.”
Following the ‘Social Media for HIV Awareness’ panel discussion, the USAID HIV/AIDS Flagship (UHF) Project held a social media training workshop to equip UHF partners and civil society organizations with the tools necessary to implement HIV-awareness campaigns. The workshop, attended by 38 participants from 15 organizations, was organized by Community Partners International (CPI) and led by Tham Tran, Senior Marketing and Communication Manager at PATH-USAID/Healthy Markets in Vietnam, and Thant Sin, Tech 4 Peace Lead at Phandeeyar.
Social media has been under the microscope recently for all the wrong reasons. However, it can have positive applications, and significant impacts, as a tool for public health awareness. On May 28, 2018, the USAID HIV/AIDS Flagship (UHF) Project hosted a panel discussion in Yangon entitled, ‘Social Media for HIV Awareness’ to explore a key question: How can digital and social media be used to reach and engage key populations for HIV prevention, testing and treatment services?
How can visualization and mapping tools be used to make better decisions regarding HIV/AIDS testing services for key populations in remote, conflict areas? And in what ways might a systems-centric approach provide a better contextual understanding of issues in Myanmar? On April 26 to 27, 2018, the USAID HIV/AIDS Flagship (UHF) Project held a two-day “Systems Thinking & Data Visualization for HIV/AIDS” workshop to equip implementing partners with the tools necessary to visualize and contextualize the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Kachin State.
On Sunday, February 25, 2018, USAID announced the launch of a two-year, $10 million HIV/AIDS project at a ceremony organized by Community Partners International (CPI) in Yangon, Myanmar. The USAID HIV/AIDS Flagship (UHF) Project aims to scale-up HIV prevention, testing and treatment services utilizing NGO and private sector health providers for people living with HIV and key populations: people who inject drugs (PWID), female sex workers (FSW), and men who have sex with men (MSM) including transgender people (TG).