Link Up: Better Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights for Young People Affected by HIV

Link up will be implemented in Bangladesh by a consortium comprising HASAB-linking organization of The International HIV/AIDS Alliance (IHAA)-the lead organization, Marie Stopes Bangladesh (MSB) and Population Council (PC). By ‘linking up’ we will make a significant contribution to the integration of vital SRHR interventions and will generate important evidence to aid the broader SRHR/HIV integration movement. Link Up will bring SRHR interventions to existing community based HIV programmes and create linkages with public and private SRH providers. Link Up has been designed to provide young people with age appropriate information and services to ensure comprehensive sexuality education and targeted commodities and services. It also capitalises on established investments in the HIV response by linking SRHR programming to existing HIV programming and structures.

Primary Participants:
Sex workers, MSM, Transgender, station boys, Young factory workers, Stimulant users

Project Period:
January 2013 to December 2015

Goals
The Goal is to contribute to reduce unintended pregnancies, HIV transmission and HIV-related maternal mortality amongst young people affected by HIV (aged 10-24).

Objectives:
To increase health-seeking behaviors and uptake of quality integrated maternal health, family planning and HIV information, services and commodities amongst young people affected by HIV and uphold their sexual and reproductive rights in generalized epidemics in Burundi, Ethiopia, Uganda, and in concentrated epidemics in Bangladesh and Burma.

Donor:
Dutch Foreign Ministry - BUZA

Partner Organization:
Marie Stopes International and Population Council

Implementation Location/coverage
Link Up will cover all the divisions in Bangladesh. There are 64 districts in Bangladesh (in 07 divisions), of which 60% i.e. 40 districts are likely to be priority districts for Link Up

Current Feature:
• Link Up will aim to reach all self-identified KPs (FSW, MSM, Hijra/TG, PLHIV) currently reached through GFATM projects and those who remain unreached • Link Up will also address young people affected by HIV will comprise of vulnerable 10-24 years that includes non self-identified KPS. • Link Up will cover all the divisions in Bangladesh. There are 64 districts in Bangladesh (in 07 divisions), of which 60% i.e. 40 districts are likely to be priority districts for Link Up. Of these 40, HASAB’s partners (sub-grantees) have projects in 20 districts. HASAB through Link Up will expand to 20 addition districts. In Bangladesh • 579,300 young people from target groups will be addressed in 3 years. • 271 service providers are trained and mentored to provide quality services and information; and promote and distribute SRH commodities and medicines to target groups in 3 years.

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