amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

2009 GMT Initiative Community Awards

All projects listed below received awards from amfAR during the period October 1, 2008, to September 30, 2009.  Some organizations have requested anonymity to protect their staff and clients.



Access Extended
Steave Nemande, M.D.
Douala, Cameroon
Alternatives will utilize award funds to support MSM-focused HIV prevention outreach activities, including counseling, condom and lubricant distribution, free anonymous HIV and STI counseling and testing, and post-exposure prophylaxis in Douala. These HIV prevention efforts are complemented by access to follow-up medical care, antiretroviral treatment, psychosocial support, and other services and referrals as needed.

Ivoire Plus
Camille Anoma
Espace Confiance (in collaboration with Arc en Ciel and Renaissance Santé Bouaké)
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Espace Confiance, Arc en Ciel, and Renaissance Santé Bouaké will use award funds to engage 14 other community-based organizations in Côte d’Ivoire to provide access to HIV services for MSM. The project will include MSM-focused HIV prevention peer outreach and community mobilization strategies, as well as linkages to clinical, psychological, and social services for MSM in Abidjan, San Pedro, and Bouaké.

Scaling Up MSM HIV/AIDS Intervention Project
Mac-Darling Cobbinah
Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights, Ghana (CEPEHRG)
Accra, Ghana
CEPEHRG will use award funds to support core personnel costs, including those of management and administrative staff, to facilitate the work of MSM-focused sexual health peer educators (including HIV/STI prevention and treatment). The peer educators’ activities will operate out of a drop-in center in Accra, as well as through outreach to MSM populations in surrounding communities.

Strengthening the Capacity of MSM Peer Educators to Prevent New HIV Infection through Provision of Basic Counseling Skills, Coast Province, Kenya
Nzioki Kingola
International Centre for Reproductive Health - Kenya (ICRHK)
Mombasa, Kenya
ICRHK will use award funds to train, supervise, and support more than 100 MSM-focused peer educators in Mombasa, Lamu, and Ukunda, working to improve skills associated with HIV/AIDS-related peer counseling, referrals, and social support, and to conduct follow-up monitoring and evaluation to document the outcome of their work.

The Access Project
David Kuria Mbote
Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), in partnership with Ishtar MSM
Nairobi, Kenya
Ishtar MSM, with the support of GALCK, will promote MSM community mobilization for sexual health in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu. The award will support two program staff, six peer educators, and costs related to outreach, trainings, and communications.

HIV/Alcohol/Drug Risk Reduction for MSM in Kenya
John Njenga
Support for Addictions Prevention and Treatment in Africa (SAPTA)
Nairobi, Kenya
SAPTA will utilize award funds to provide expert support to MSM peer educators addressing alcohol and drug use, and related harm reduction strategies relevant to HIV transmission risk in Nairobi and Mombasa.

Qualitative Assessment of HIV Risk Behaviors among MSM in Liberia
Stephen Kennedy, M.D., M.P.H.
Concern For Humanity (CFH), Inc.
Monrovia, Liberia
CFH will use award funds to conduct in-depth qualitative interviews with at least 25 young MSM in Monrovia, documenting HIV-related risks, risk factors, and program needs. The findings will be used to develop program recommendations for future interventions.


Este Amor/CEyC HIV Prevention Project for MSM in Region V (Dominican Republic)
Michael Dohn, M.D.
Clínica Esperanza y Caridad (CEyC) (in collaboration with Este Amor)
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
CEyC, in partnership with Este Amor, will use award funds to engage MSM in multiple cities in the Dominican Republic through community health promoters who will distribute condoms, share educational materials regarding HIV/AIDS and other STDs, and provide information about HIV testing. Additionally, they will create self-help groups for HIV-infected MSM and will provide transportation support to HIV-infected MSM who have appointments at the clinic.

Proyecto "Tal Cual" (Project "As I Am")
John Waters, M.D., D.Sc., M.Sc., MA (Oxon)
Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
COIN, through its Jovenes de la Vida Real (Youth in the Real World) program, will use award funds to bridge the gap between appropriate and culturally sensitive HIV/AIDS care and prevention services and the extent of the impact of the epidemic upon the transgender community in Santo Domingo. Funded activities will include peer support for transgender health clinic clients, informing clinic staff about general and HIV/AIDS-specific medical needs of transgender people, mobile clinic STD and HIV testing, and the development of prevention education materials that address the wide range of concerns experienced by the transgender population.

Building a Guyanese Society Free from Sexual Orientation Discrimination
Joel Simpson
Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD)-Guyana
Georgetown, Guyana
SASOD will create a physical anti-discrimination desk to receive and document complaints by MSM in Guyana via the phone or in person, refer clients to support services, and follow up with authorities where appropriate. The award funds will also be used to strengthen support programs addressing MSM and HIV/AIDS.

Providing Access to Medical and Psychological Services to Empower Hearing and Deaf MSM in Jamaica
Name withheld by request
Kingston, Jamaica
This organization, working in partnership with another local group, will utilize the award to sustain direct HIV/AIDS services specific for MSM communities in Jamaica, including prevention interventions, medical services (psychological and clinical), and crisis intervention. The funding will be used to continue outreach activities, conduct trainings of service providers, and cover operational costs associated with a MSM-specific health clinic. Special emphasis will be made to be inclusive of the needs of the deaf MSM community.

Challenging Policy and Legislative Blockages in Support of Universal Access
Name withheld by request
Recognizing that the marginalization resulting from the criminalization of same-sex behavior creates substantial barriers to accessing HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support, this organization and its collaborators will use award funds to explore legal frameworks to help promote HIV/AIDS programming for MSM in the Caribbean.

Outreach to MSM Affected by HIV and AIDS in Haiti
Reginald Dupont
SEROvie (in collaboration with Action Civique Contre le VIH and PANOS)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
SEROvie, in partnership with Action Civique Contre le VIH (ACCV) and PANOS, will utilize the award to expand HIV/AIDS outreach to MSM communities in the northern peninsula of Haiti. Program components include providing medical and psychosocial support through home visits, building enabling environments through the development of a specific HIV services referral network for MSM, and engaging journalists to increase their ability to portray of the struggle of MSM accurately.


Eastern Europe and Central Asia 

Raising Level of Knowledge by Sexual Safety and HIV/AIDS and STI Prevention
Elkhan Baghirov
Gender Tereqqi maariflendirme ictimai birliyi (Gender & Development)
Baku, Azerbaijan
This project will reach approximately 300 MSM—many non-self-identified—at cruising areas throughout Baku, providing condoms and water-based lubricant, printed information about HIV, counseling information, and referrals to free STI testing and legal services.

Factors Promoting Risky Behaviour MSM
Alexandr Poluyan
Republican Youth Public Association "Meeting"
Minsk, Belarus
This project will help researchers design and implement a study focused on sociological factors of self-identity, social networks, behaviors, exposure, risks, and vulnerability among a sample of at least 500 MSM in Minsk, and the collected data could inform the development of national HIV prevention efforts.

Development of Services for Estonian MSM
Igor Sobolev
Eesti HIV-positiivsete võrgustik (EHPV)
Tallinn, Estonia
This project will help EHPV create a web-based forum on MSM & HIV at, which will provide extensive information about health and rights; facilitate at least three web-based surveys on self-identity, social and sexual networks, behaviors, and HIV exposure and vulnerability; register MSM as listserv members; and refer MSM for health care and social services. The project will also convene experts and stakeholders to discuss issues surrounding HIV among MSM in Estonia, and to formulate recommendations for the Estonian Ministry of Health, Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonian Parliament, and the City of Tallinn.

The Preventive Maintenance HIV/AIDS Disease amongst MSM - The Mouth-Kamenogorsk
Vadim Antipin
The Public Association in Support of the People (OO PLZHV Kuat)
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
This project will help document the health and support needs of MSM in East Kazakhstan while also helping the organization reach MSM with peer outreach and HIV information, treatment for HIV and STIs, and services related to drug addiction and mental health.

PULSAR - Effective HIV/STI Prevention among MSM in Siberian Regions
Denis Efremov
The Siberian Alternative Center, NGO (in collaboration with Humanitarian Project)
Omsk, Russia
This project will reach more than 1,300 young MSM in the western Siberian cities of Omsk and Novosibirsk with rights-based, peer-based HIV prevention interventions by recruiting and training peer leaders from identified “micro-communities” of MSM who will provide HIV prevention information and materials. To monitor and evaluate progress, the project will hire a sociologist to survey and map baseline indicators in the identified MSM networks to document individual, social, and structural changes in likely HIV vulnerability and exposure.

Expanding Access for MSM to HIV Information, Prevention Materials, and Quality Healthcare 
Nikita Svistunenko
The Independent Non-Commercial Organization New Life (The New life)
Orenburg, Russia
This project will reach at least 500 MSM in Orenburg with HIV information and prevention materials, and it will also facilitate access to peer support groups, counseling, and mental health care. In addition to these direct HIV interventions, this project will also support a network of healthcare providers to improve accessibility and quality of health services for MSM in Orenburg.

Holistic Approach to MSM - LGBT SOS Helpline and Counseling
Kristian Randjelovic
Gayten-LGBT, Center For Promotion of LGBTIQ Human Rights
Belgrade, Serbia
This project will recruit and train MSM as peer counselors and help them reach other MSM with HIV information and prevention materials, in addition to referrals to healthcare and social services.

Empowering MSM Population on HIV and Building a Support Group for HIV-Positive MSM
Arzu Kayki, M.Sc.
Positive Living Association (in collaboration with KAOS Gay and Lesbian, Cultural Researches and Solidarity Association)
Istanbul, Turkey
This project will recruit and train MSM peer counselors in Istanbul and Ankara and will help them produce the first-ever printed and web-based materials about HIV among MSM in Turkey. The project will reach Turkish MSM with HIV prevention and treatment information and materials and will set up referrals for counseling and testing for HIV and STIs. The project will also survey and document MSM needs and the experiences—data that will be presented to at least 30 key stakeholders, including the Turkish Ministry of Health and UNAIDS.

Self-identity, Social and Sexual Networks and HIV Infection Risk for MSM
Yevgen Leshchynskyy
The Donbas-SocProject (DSP)
Donetsk, Ukraine
This project will design and implement a research study focused on sociological factors of self-identity, social and sexual networks, and sexual behaviors and potential HIV exposures among MSM in the cities of Mariupol, Gorlovka, Kramatorsk, and Torez with the goal of generating data that could inform the development of HIV prevention efforts. Research data and findings will be compiled and presented to regional and national HIV and LGBT networks, and will be submitted for publication in academic peer-reviewed journals.

HIV Prevention and Psychosocial Support for MSM in Prisons of Ukraine
Elena Chupryna
Nikolaev Regional Public Youth Movement Penitentiary Initiative (NRPYM  Penitentiary Initiative) (in collaboration with Charitable Foundation Insight and Lugansk Charitable Foundation, Anti-AIDS)
Nikolaev, Ukraine
This project will provide HIV prevention education and psychosocial support to MSM in four prisons in the Nikolaev, Lugansk, and Cherkassy regions of Ukraine. The support will include training staff, supplying HIV prevention kits to MSM, and organizing support groups and access to mental health counseling. The project will also work with prisoners, the prison employee union, the Nikolaev LGBT Association (LiGA), and regional government ministries to develop standardized program materials and to document and disseminate program experiences for potential replication in Ukraine and internationally.



MSM Initiative Awards to Collaborating Organizations


Assessment of HIV prevalance and risk behavior amoung MSM in Kuala Lumpur
Bakhtiar Talhah and Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, F.R.A.C.P.
Malaysian AIDS Council, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
for their work with the University of Malaya Medical Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Public Sector Awareness and Advocacy: HIV/AIDS-related Needs of MSM in Developing Countries
Laura Kirch Kirkegaard, M.Sc.
AIDS-Fondet (The Danish AIDS Foundation)
Copenhagen, Denmark