The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has long supported the government of the Dominican Republic to strengthen its HIV response and attain the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets by 2020. As the country nears epidemic control, the Dominican government must mobilize new resources and support a more efficient national response to sustain and continue advancing its progress to date. SHOPS Plus works with USAID and local partners to support these goals by institutionalizing the role of the private sector in the HIV response, mobilizing domestic investment, and developing markets for HIV products.
SHOPS Plus is collaborating with USAID/Dominican Republic, USAID/Washington, non-governmental organizations, and other local stakeholders to strengthen the sustainability of the national HIV response. As declines in international donor funding are anticipated, the project is strengthening the efficiency of select non-governmental organizations to transition to social enterprise business models and helping them to access new revenue sources so they can continue offering HIV services at no cost to key and priority populations.
Photo credit: © 2009 Jessie Kalsmith and © 2007 Helen Hawkings, Courtesy of Photoshare