amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

2010 GMT Initiative Awards and Community Awards 


Alternatives-Cameroun (Douala, Cameroon) – $15,000
The Access Project Extended
The project will provide HIV/AIDS prevention services to LGBT/MSM communities in Douala, Yaoundé, and Buea by engaging peer educators to share educational information at bars, restaurants, and through the Internet. In Douala, Alternatives will host MSM-focused health and well-being discussions at the “Access Center,” in addition to providing free HIV testing. The project will also provide medical consultations, counseling and home visits for MSM living with HIV/AIDS, as well as empowering these men to be HIV/AIDS peer educators in their own communities.

Espace Confiance (Abidjan, Côte-d'Ivoire) – $9,000 
In collaboration with Sidaction, Paris, France
Collaborating with Sidaction, amfAR will support Espace Confiance to provide “bridge funding” for an MSM-specific primary health care program. In addition to offering sexual health check-ups for MSM (including HIV testing and innovative annual health screenings), the project will support outreach activities with community-based peer educators and a mobile clinic, providing HIV testing and other STI screening. Sidaction will also provide technical assistance, working with Espace Confiance to develop a more sustainable staffing structure.

PEMA Kenya (Mombasa, Kenya) – $10,077 
Improving Access to HIV/AIDS Treatment for Mombasa’s MSM Community.
This project will increase MSM access to HIV counseling, testing, treatment, and care services by organizing peer-led support groups for MSM living with HIV/AIDS. Members of these groups will also be empowered to serve as community mobilizers, providing key treatment and testing information through social networks and advocating for LGBTI “safe spaces” within health facilities offering various HIV services.

Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) (Nairobi, Kenya) – $13,800
In partnership with Ishtar MSM, Nairobi, Kenya
Access Project
This project will analyze and strengthen a community-led referral system that promotes access to MSM-friendly health services in Nairobi through social networking and informational fliers. In addition, MSM peer educators will develop a health and well-being promotion strategy, implementing educational, skills-building, and social support activities based on needs identified by the local MSM community. These activities will be enhanced by the creation of a communications strategy using e-mail, short message services (SMS), and the Ishtar website.

Stop AIDS in Liberia (SAIL) (Monrovia, Liberia) – $15,000
HIV/AIDS Awareness, Advocacy, and Prevention Campaign Targeting MSM): Access to Health and Sexual Rights in Liberia
This project will educate and empower an MSM community in Monrovia about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services, utilizing a peer education diffusion model, as well as distributing condoms and lubricant. The program will train MSM volunteers to educate and empower other MSM about HIV/STI prevention and treatment, safe sex practices, and general health promotion, working in partnership with HIV testing centers, clinics, and hospitals.

Association de lutte contre le sida (ALCS) (Marrakesh, Morocco) – $15,000
Establishment of a Drop-in Center for MSM in Marrakesh City
The project will allow ALCS to establish an MSM-friendly, drop-in health center in Marrakesh. In addition to providing social support and safe space for MSM, the center will train medical staff on MSM-specific health needs, provide HIV and syphilis testing and counseling, and will host discussions on health and wellness. ALCS will also create HIV/STI prevention pamphlets and cards for MSM. In addition, outreach workers will promote the center’s services through condom and lubricant distribution activities and informational sessions in the community.

South African Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV & AIDS (SANERELA+) (Johannesburg, South Africa) – $15,000
To Support Religious Leaders in Carrying Out Effective HIV and AIDS Responses Targeting MSM and Gay, Bisexual and Transgenders through their Faith Communities
This project will support religious leaders in carrying out effective HIV/AIDS responses targeting MSM/LGBT people through their faith communities in Johannesburg (including Soweto). Activities will include involving MSM/LGBT individuals in community HIV/AIDS awareness skills-building workshops led by religious leaders, providing mobile voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) services at church venues on worship days, and forming support groups for MSM/LGBT individuals living with HIV.

Name withheld by request (Kampala, Uganda) – $15,000
This project will provide much needed support by helping to share information among MSM communities affected by HIV/AIDS in Kampala.

Friends of RAINKA (FoR) (Lusaka, Zambia) – $15,750
Sero-prevalence Study for Zambian MSM
This project will support a community-based, respondent-driven sampling research study to assess HIV-related risk behaviors and to describe the epidemiology of HIV infection among MSM in three urban sites and one rural site in four provinces of Zambia.  Findings will be disseminated to myriad stakeholders and used to advocate for greater commitments to MSM/HIV programming in Zambia.




Bandhu Social Welfare Society (BSWS) (Dhaka, Bangladesh)—$29,998
(in collaboration with Chinnomul Manob Kallayan Society)
Promoting Risk Reduction Behaviours Among MSM
The project will expand BSWS’s activities of providing appropriate and accessible sexual health services for MSM by opening two additional drop-in centers in the southeast part of Bangladesh.  The project will continue BSWS’s model of conducting outreach and friendship building, providing social support and community building, disseminating HIV/AIDS information and advice, making condoms and lubricant available, and making appropriate referrals to MSM-friendly sexual health services including VCT, ARVs and HIV palliative care.

Chengdu Tongle Counseling & Service Center (Tongle) (Chengdu, Sichuan, China) —$15,000
Legal Support to Chinese Grassroots MSM NGOs in Their HIV-related Activities 
Tongle serves as the Secretariat of the China Male Tongzhi Health Forum (CMTHF).  Through trainings and ongoing assistance, the project will provide capacity-building support to 18 key MSM/HIV grassroots NGOs across the country by hiring legal professionals to educate and empower members regarding human rights violations.  In addition to developing a legal manual, the project will help cultivate a national network of MSM/HIV groups to facilitate the provision of additional technical assistance projects in the future.

Name withheld * (Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India)—$29,728
Field Based Oral HIV Testing and Linkage to Government Care in a High HIV Prevalent Region of India 
The project will evaluate the use of peer outreach workers for field-based oral HIV testing, with linkage to confirmatory testing and care.  Utilizing a digitally recorded pre-test counseling session shown on laptop computers, the peer educators will attract clients for testing and risk reduction counseling.  Post-test results will be given by a professional counselor in a health center, with “health navigators” engaged to assist MSM testing positive for HIV to receive quality care services.

Yayasan Gaya Celebes (Gaya Celebes Foundation) (Makassar/South Sulawasi, Indonesia)—$15,000
HIV/AIDS Prevention and Support Among Sexually Active MSM in Makassar, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia 
The project will develop and evaluate a comprehensive HIV/AIDS awareness program for sexually active MSM in the city of Makassar, through outreach, peer discussion and skills-building groups, and on-site voluntary counseling and testing with referral.

Red Ribbon Initiative (Islamabad, Pakistan)—$14,975
HIV Intervention for Hidden MSM Community of Pakistan 
The project will disseminate critical HIV prevention, risk, and transmission-related information to hidden MSM populations in Pakistan through the Internet and the underground party scene.  Activities will include on-line education and support, printing and dissemination of behavior change communication materials, working with VCT sites for referral, and hosting cinema night parties.

Mplus+ (Chiang Mai, Thailand)—$15,000
Expanding HIV Prevention and Outreach Coverage @ Mplus+
The project will adapt community-based Popular Opinion Leader and Online Peer Outreach Prevention programs locally to promote sexual health, legal/human rights, and access to quality HIV/AIDS prevention using information communication technologies such as mobile phones, Ipods, and Bluetooth technology.  Various MSM sub-populations will be targeted, including young MSM, Thai male sex workers (MSW), migrant MSW, transgenders, and hidden MSM and their cohabitating male/female partners.

STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention Center (SHAPC) (Hanoi, Vietnam)—$15,000
MSM Sex-Workers in Hanoi: High Risks and Barriers to HIV Prevention 
The project involves implementing a quantitative and qualitative research study of MSM sex workers and other key influences in Hanoi, examining high risk behaviors and factors which inhibit the use of sexual health services by MSM sex workers.  Once analyzed, results will be published and disseminated to key stakeholders.



The Caribbean

United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM) (Belize City, Belize) – $15,000
Health Empowerment Through Leadership Development and Information
This project will recruit and train MSM/HIV advocates, including MSM living with HIV, on issues such as human rights, adherence counseling, policy analysis, media advocacy, and proposal writing, as well as organizing HIV prevention and testing activities for MSM in Belize. Following the skills-building training, in addition to providing prevention services, UNIBAM will lead an anti-homophobia advocacy campaign targeting policymakers, educators, and health providers, as well as identifying and documenting policy gaps in strategic national health documents.

Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN) (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) – $30,000
Proyecto "Tal Cual" ("As I Am")
This project, a continuation of previous amfAR funding aims to reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS and other STIs in the transgender sex worker communities (and their clients) in Santo Domingo, San Pedro de Macoris, and La Romana. Activities will include culturally appropriate HIV prevention and treatment outreach and a referral system for psychosocial support and sensitization training for healthcare personnel.

Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) (Georgetown, Guyana) – $15,000
Strengthening Community Cohesion and Building Resilience to HIV in Guyana
This project aims to reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS among various groups within the LGBT community in Guyana. Different activities will be offered through a drop-in center, including sign language skills-building exchange sessions on HIV/AIDS for both hearing and deaf LGBT community members; safe space provision for social support among transgender and gender non-conforming persons; and monthly peer support and community empowerment meetings for MSM living with HIV.

Fondation Esther Boucicault Stanislas (FEBS) (Fleurenceau, Saint-Marc, Haiti) – $15,000
Evidence-Based,  MSM-Led HIV Prevention and Anti-Stigma Program
This project will recruit and train MSM as opinion leaders to positively influence the HIV-related risk behaviors of other MSM in and around Saint-Marc by promoting safer sex behaviors and self-esteem. The opinion leaders and their interested friends will also be trained to discuss HIV/AIDS-related stigma and homophobia with the broader public, including religious leaders, elected officials, government bureaucrats, healthcare leaders, and youth group leaders.  FEBS and the peer influencers will also create anti-stigma and HIV prevention messages for radio and television programming, schools, and community-wide events such as carnivals, rallies, marches, and World AIDS Day.

SEROvie (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) – $15,000
Increasing Equitable Access to Prevention for MSM in Haiti
This project, a continuation of previous amfAR funding, will provide outreach and social services to MSM infected and affected by HIV living in the Les Cayes area of Haiti. Utilizing evidence-based approaches to behavior change, the project will build the interpersonal communication skills of MSM to sustain healthy behaviors that reduce their risk for HIV infection. The project will also work with MSM living with HIV, providing psychosocial support, as well as referral for MSM-friendly ARV treatment and palliative care.

Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG) (Kingston, Jamaica) – $15,000
Bringing Hope, Building Community
This project, a continuation of previous amfAR funding, will reduce the spread and impact of HIV among MSM in Jamaica by supporting J-FLAG’s general programming, including: a social support and crisis intervention program, LGBT empowerment and life skills sessions (including safer sex negotiation), and LGBT leaders skills-building training (focused on media relations, advocacy, and peer counseling skills).

MSM: No Political Agenda (MSMNPA) (Santa Cruz, Trinidad & Tobago) –  $15,000
Regional Prevention Response to HIV/AIDS Vulnerability Among MSM Populations in the Caribbean
This project, a continuation of previous amfAR funding, will provide HIV/AIDS-related information and support to MSM and their allies in six Eastern Caribbean countries. Through its FRee FORUM project, MSMNPA will produce, distribute, and webhost several issues of its newsletter dedicated to HIV/AIDS and STI treatment and prevention, as well as LGBT advocacy and the promotion of human rights. MSMNPA will work with various constituencies to make the newsletter appropriate for all six countries.



Eastern Europe and Central Asia

We for Civil Equality (WFCE) (Yerevan, Armenia) – $14,560
Human Rights Advocacy and HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, and Support for MSM Communities in Armenia
This project seeks to increase access to quality HIV and AIDS services for at least 300 MSM in Yerevan. WFCE will educate and train health service providers and peer educators to offer MSM-specific HIV/AIDS services, including prevention, HIV testing, and referral for HIV treatment and care. WCFE will also develop and launch a website to reach MSM directly with health information. In addition, WCFE will advocate for greater inclusion of issues related to MSM and HIV in local and national policy discussions.

Public Fund Gender-Vector (PFGV) (Karabalta, Kyrgyzstan) – $10,000
HIV Prevention Intervention Among MSM in Chui and Osh Regions of Kyrgyzstan
This project seeks to inform and empower Kyrgyz MSM communities by designing, developing, and disseminating informational and motivational brochures on how to prevent HIV/AIDS. In addition, PFGV will engage at least 20 MSM peer educators to be trained as VCT counselors, thus assisting government efforts in HIV testing and proper follow-up for MSM.

New Life Organization (the New Life) (Orenburg, Russia) – $15,000
Prevention of HIV for MSM through Information, Peer Counseling, and Community Mobilization and Advocacy
The project intends to mobilize MSM to reduce the spread and impact of HIV through peer counseling, outreach, “Motivation (M) Groups” (monthly peer support and discussion groups), and a hotline. In addition, the New Life will empower MSM leaders and engage health services providers to advocate for the greater inclusion of MSM and HIV-specific services in government-supported health programs.

The Siberian Alternative Center (Omsk, Russia) – $30,000
In collaboration with the Novosibirsk City Humanitarian Project
PULSAR Project: Effective HIV and STI Prevention among MSM in the Siberian Region
This project aims to reduce HIV and STI-related risk behavior of more than 1,500 MSM through a comprehensive approach to increasing access to HIV and STI services. The project will meet various needs of MSM through a wide range of activities, including informational and motivational meetings, support groups, recreational activities, and street and bar outreach. In addition, a media campaign (including radio messaging, and development and dissemination of behavior-change communication materials) will be implemented, and training on MSM-specific services will be offered to health providers such as HIV test counselors and MSM-peer counselors.

Safe Pulse of Youth (SPY) (Belgrade, Serbia) – $14,980
Participatory Approach to Evidence-based Planning, Establishing, and Conducting Counseling Centers for MSM
This project will utilize SPY’s linkage to and trust established in the MSM community to conduct a random driven sampling study of factors influencing HIV risk-taking behavior among MSM in Belgrade. Following data analysis and summarization, SPY will disseminate research results to key stakeholders and policymakers in Serbia and the Eastern Europe/Central Asia region.

CSO Equal Opportunities (Dushanbe, Tajikistan) – $15,000
HIV and Other Socially Significant Diseases Among MSM
This project aims to increase HIV-related knowledge, motivation, and skills among MSM through various social support programs, including condom and lubricant outreach, weekly self-help groups, risk reduction mini-trainings for MSM, as well as the production of behavior-change communication materials. In addition, Equal Opportunities will train health service providers about the needs of MSM and advocate for the inclusion of MSM in the development of health and human rights policy.

Nikolaev Regional Youth Movement–Penitentiary Initiative (Nikolaev, Ukraine) – $30,000
HIV Prevention and Psychosocial Support for MSM in Prisons: Scaling Up
 The project will work to reduce the vulnerabilities of MSM in prison settings through the scale-up of training and community mobilization activities to reduce MSM-related stigma and discrimination on the part of prison staff and the greater prison population. The project will also provide psychosocial support and HIV prevention activities (e.g., peer education, peer counseling, and health service referral) for MSM prisoners in three colonies in the Nikolaev region.



Latin America


Asociacion Civil De Desarrollo Social Y Promocion Cultural Adesproc Libertad GLBT (La Paz, Bolivia)—$7,300
Adesproc Libertad GLBT
The project will determine the relationship between access to HIV/AIDS services and homophobic/transphobic attitudes and behaviors at government-run health centers in the cities of Santa Cruz, Trinidad, Tarija, Oruro, Potosi, and La Paz.  Both health workers and potential clients will be interviewed, with results and policy recommendations disseminated to key stakeholders in the LGBT community and the public health system.

Asociación Un Nuevo Camino ASUNCAMI (La Paz, Bolivia)—$15,000
Taking Care of My Life 
The project will reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS through facilitating professional and peer-led self-help groups for MSM, offering psychosocial support, HIV/AIDS information, condoms/lubricant, as well as referral to MSM-friendly VCT sites.  The project will modify a life skills curriculum, building the self worth of MSM through various means including empowering MSM to advocate for their own rights.

Articulação e Movimento para Travestis e Transexuais de Pernambuco (AMOTRANS) (Recife, Brazil)—$9,500
Adherence to Treatment, Citizenship and Increasing Incomes of HIV-positive Transvestites 
The project will improve the lives of transgendered women living with HIV through various psychosocial interventions, including support groups, motivational education on adherence to ARVs, distribution of condoms and information material, and psychosocial counseling.  In addition, the project will focus on individual sustainability, assisting clients to advocate for their own needs, as well as offering entrepreneurial job skills acquisition in fish industry.

Name withheld * (Recife, Brazil)—$10,000
MerchFw: Projeto amfarants of Illusions.
The project will conduct outreach to engage sex workers (both male and transgender female) at saunas, cinemas, and other venues, offering condoms, lubricant and peer counseling information sessions.  Once trust is gained, the project team will administer a semi-structured interview process to map socioeconomic profiles of sex workers.  In addition, project staff will engage key stakeholders (police, public health practitioners) in recognizing the needs of sex workers, as well as sponsoring sex worker forums to exchange information and disseminate health information.

Akuaipa Waimakat - Asociación Para La Divulgación, Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Humanos e Indígenas (Manaure, La Guajira, Colombia)—$13,900
Programa de Atención Integral a comunidades HSH de origen indígena, afectadas por VIH /SIDA en la región Norte de la Península de La Guajira, Colombia 
The project will improve the lives of indigenous Wayuu MSM infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.  HIV-related care and support, as well as prevention sessions, will be offered via support groups and mobile health teams from the local health systems.  In addition, the project will engage indigenous leaders to reduce homophobia and integrate the needs of the indigenous Wayuu MSM community into current HIV/AIDS strategies and implementation plans.

Asociación ALFIL (Quito, Ecuador)—$15,000
Incidencia Transgénero 
The project will reduce transphobia in the public health and policy systems in Quito through stakeholder workshops and trainings, linking transgender activists with key decision makers.  A key strategy for success will be HIV/AIDS advocacy related skills-building sessions for transgender women, to assist them in being fully engaged in policy-related discussions at the local and national level.  The project will also increase transgender participation and representation in a household population survey, which will include dissemination of HIV/AIDS-related health information to all communities.

Asociación Solidaria Para Impulsar el Desarollo Humano ("ASPIDH - ACRO IRIS") (San Salvador, El Salvador)—$14,993
Somos Saludables/We are Healthy (SOS) 
The project will reduce the spread and impact of HIV among MSM and transgender females in San Salvador through comprehensive outreach activities, disseminating risk reduction information and skills, condoms/lubricants, as well as referrals to HIV services.  In addition, the project will sponsor a drop-in center, creating social space for the MSM community where weekly support group and skills-building sessions will be offered utilizing a modified version of PASMO’s Viviendo la Vida.

Colectivo SerGay de Aguascalientes A.C. (Aguascalientes, México)—$15,000
HSH contra el VIH / MSM against HIV 
The project will impact the spread of HIV/AIDS among MSM by engaging peer promoters (both young men and transgender women) to conduct park and bar outreach activities, including safer sex information/condom/lubricant dissemination, as well as offering peer counseling, and promoting LGBT-friendly HIV testing and related services.  In addition, counselors will be employed at a LGBT community center to create safe space and offer psychosocial support to clients.

Vallarta Enfrenta el Sida, A.C. (VES) (Puerto Vallarta, México)—$15,000
Intervention, Prevention, & Testing for MSM in Puerto Vallarta 
The project will continue outreach activities, utilizing risk reduction strategies to reach MSM with information, condoms/lubricant and behavior change communication materials at parks, streets, saunas, secluded beach areas, hotels, bars/clubs, public restrooms, among other venues.  An evaluation will measure knowledge, attitudes and intended behavioral shifts among MSM in the community linked to the program.  The project will also have public promotional events, engaging celebrities, politicians, and business owners, to de-stigmatize MSM/HIV issues and seek support for sustainability.

Grupo Génesis Panamá Positivo (GGP+) (Panama City, Panama)—$12,716
Case Management: Monitoring of Adherence to Antiretroviral Treatment of HIV+ MSM in Panama
The project will test the concept of universal access by monitoring different models for HIV adherence among MSM.  Results will be documented and disseminated to key stakeholders about future HIV services for MSM living with HIV.


MSM Initiative Awards to Collaborating Organizations

Be Heard: Global Forum on MSM and HIV Pre-conference Event – IAC 2010 
AIDS Project Los Angeles as secretariat for the Global Forum on MSM and HIV
Los Angeles, CA


* Organization has requested anonymity to protect its staff and clients.