The Ghana-West Africa Program to Combat AIDS and STIs (WAPCAS) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI)/HIV-focused local nongovernmental organization which leads the USAID HIV/AIDS Response Through Innovative Strategies for Key Populations (RISK) project. This project focuses specifically on female sex workers (FSW) and contributing to the national goal of reducing HIV infection by promoting ten key prevention behaviors: using condoms consistently and correctly; using non-oil based lubricants; getting tested and knowing your individual HIV status; disclosing your HIV status to your regular partners; promptly seek appropriate and effective treatment for STIs, HIV/AIDS and opportunistic infections; adhering to treatment; reducing number of multiple and concurrent sexual partners; eating healthy; protecting against other infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, malaria and diarrhea; and actively participating in program design and implementation.
The project objectives are to:
1. Promote HIV/AIDS prevention and healthier behaviors among 9,240 FSW in the intervention sites in three years.
2. Promote and increase utilization of STI, HIV testing and counseling (HTC) and other related services (4,620 HTC and 2,772 STI services in the intervention sites in three years).
3. Strengthen targeted activities to improve FSW knowledge on rights, disability and legal issues; and Promote gender based violence and stigma reduction among 9,240 FSW in all intervention sites in three years.
4. Strengthen the human and institutional capacity of WAPCAS as an umbrella organization and three FSW community-based organizations for effective implementation, coordination, and monitoring and evaluation of FSW intervention in three years.