amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Evidence in Action: Measuring the Impact of Community-Led HIV Interventions by and for Gay Men, Other MSM, and Transgender Individuals

In conjunction with the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), 17 May, amfAR’s GMT Initiative is pleased to launch a new report documenting findings from its three-year Evidence in Action project. 

Over the past six years, amfAR’s GMT initiative has provided small grants to over 180 grassroots HIV organizations led by gay men, other men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender individuals (collectively, GMT) in in Africa, the Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Many of these grantees developed highly effective programming for accessing, testing, and treating GMT individuals; however, these successful community programs are not sufficient to turn the tide of the epidemic among GMT individuals if implemented only on a small scale.

To encourage larger donors—such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria—to support the scaling up of this programming, the GMT Initiative launched its Evidence in Action program in January 2012.  With generous support from the ViiV Healthcare Positive Action program and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the program supported ten community-led partner organizations in implementing and evaluating programming aimed at reducing the spread and impact of HIV among GMT individuals in their communities.

Over a two year span, each community partner developed an innovative program model, and amfAR then worked with them to engage a local external evaluator to measure and document the program model’s impact and strengthen the partner’s capacity to evaluate their own work in the future.  This report profiles the successes and challenges experienced by nine of the organizations during their projects and offers recommendations for scaling-up such interventions throughout the world.

The report is available in English and Spanish.