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he Regional REDCA+ Program, signed by the Secretariat for the Social Integration of Central America (SISCA, for its acronym in Spanish), which is executed on behalf of the Central American network of people living with HIV (REDCA+, for its acronym in Spanish) and funded by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is an example of the efforts of Governments and civil society towards the social integration of the Central American countries, in this specific case, addressing an essential issue for the development of the region, such as HIV/AIDS. The primary and common goal between SISCA, REDCA+, and the REDCA+ Regional Program is the improvement of the quality of life of people living with HIV, through the strengthening of their technical and professional capacities. In this way, it is also essential to take firm steps towards the full recognition of the rights and duties of people living Developing with HIV, but above all, to mark an end to allprofessional forms of discrimination towards PLHIV. and strengthening technical and skills in people with HIV in Central America


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REDCA+ participates in meeting of Health Ministers of Central America and Dominican Republic

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n 19th and 20th June was held The XXXVI Regular Meeting of Health Ministers of Central America and Dominican Republic (COMISCA), in Tela City, Honduras. This meeting was attended by ministers and representatives from higher command authorities of the Social Integration Secretariat (SISCA), to address the new challenges in the region on HIV-AIDS. The Health Ministers Council studied the HIV situation, and the new challenges, the sustainability of antiretroviral treatment and the process of negotiating joint to purchase medicine. They discussed a regional policy for food security and nutrition, health surveillance, risk management, chronic diseases and cancer. The Central America Network of People Living with HIV (REDCA+) participated in this meeting through a presentation on the progress of the proposal “Expanding and Consolidating the development and strengthening of technical-professional capabilities of people with HIV in Central America, for their effective parti-

cipation in the processes of advocacy, social control and citizen oversight in HIV-AIDS, and influence human development and quality of life in their regional peers”. This Regional Program has been adopted by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Round 10. This presentation was exposed clear by Otoniel Ramírez, Regional Secretary of REDCA+, who requested to the Health Ministers Council the following resolutions: 1. Assume, as health authorities in the region, the establishment of a strategy to ensure the supply of medicines for HIV, opportunistic infections and CD4, in a timely manner and continuously. 2. Review the issue of joint negotiation of medicine to get lower prices of antiretroviral medicine and reagents for laboratory tests. 3. Request to the authorities of Dominican Republic to repeal sections 78 and 79 of the HIV Law No. 135-11, which penalizes people with HIV in that country.

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REDCA+, like other international organizations of persons with HIV, recognizes that people with HIV are not

criminals and that living with HIV isn’t a crime. This is a clear violation of Human Rights of people living with HIV and in turn is a throwback to the interventions of primary and secondary prevention that have been developed over the last decade in the countries of the region.

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Program REDCA+ Regional performed the Facilitator Training Course on Primary & Secondary Prevention, and Home Care in Costa Rica

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he Program REDCA+ Regional performed, in July, la fourth edition of the Facilitator Training Course on Primary & Secondary Prevention, and Home Care, to 30 facilitators in Costa Rica. This course was performed in seven diary sessions, of six hours each one, through an educational methodology, developed by the Study and Politics Analysis Center with the support of the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua. The course has this five following units: 1. Let’s learn healthy habits to develop our life’s quality. 2. Let’s learn to help the others. 3. No more news HIV cases. 4. The persons with HIV-AIDS care our health. 5. If they need us, here we are.

The objective pursued with this training is to strengthen strategies for primary and secondary prevention of HIV and AIDS, as well as support skills for people with HIV and AIDS, as part of comprehensive participatory approach. This course will be developed in the coming months in Guatemala and Belize, as part of the extension of the Program REDCA+ Regional to other Central American countries.

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Belize develops Facilitator Training on Methodology for Behavior Change “Because I can, I act”

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elize developed the Facilitator Training on Methodology for Behavior Change “Because I can, I act”, aimed a 14 facilitator from all the country, with technical support from the Program REDCA+ Regional”. This training was given by the Focal Point Team of that country: Adi Mai, Stephen Díaz and Eric Castellanos, in three days: 8th, 9th and 10th of June. The main purpose is to promote practices and healthy behaviors in people with HIV, through educational games, aimed at changing behavior to help improve their quality of life. REDCA+ has been identified, through a previous study, some habits in people with HIV, which may play an important role in re-infection and high incidence of sexual transmitted infections (STIs) in this population. In response to these habits, the methodology promotes the following behaviors:

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Reduce transmission of STIs. Reduce the number of sexual partners. Increase correct and consistent use of male or female condom. Reducing stigma and discriminations attitudes. Strengthening the personal responsibility of people with HIV related: adherence, healthy nutrition, self-care, exercise, reinfection and other issues related to their sexuality. 6. To publicize the rights and duties of persons with HIV. 7. Encourage attendance at health centers in search of comprehensive care.

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Regional REDCA+ Program develop Information Tech Workshop in Guatemala and Belize

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egional REDCA+ Program develop two workshops, named “Basic Use of Computer Systems”, in Guatemala and Belize. These was does in two training days, that counts with 30 students, who learned the essential use of the operative systems and other computer’s software. The workshop was exposed by Eng. Luis Rivas, who was teaching clear and simple the following contents: 1. The parts of the computer: basic course. 2. The Operative Systems: basic course. 3. The Use of Internet Navigator. 4. The Use of E-mail. 5. Skype: new communication tool.

6. An introduction to Word. 7. An introduction to Power Point. This activity is part of the strengthen process of the technic skills and professional capacities of persons with HIV-AIDS of the Central America region, developed by the Regional REDCA+ Program, with the objective to improve their quality of life.

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