Sustainable HIV Knowledge Management Project

Overview

The VIH en Centroamérica: Plataforma Virtual de Gestión del Conocimiento website was created with PEPFAR funding through the USAID-funded PrevenSida cooperative agreement. As USAID's Central American HIV Knowledge Management (KM) mechanism, PrevenSida designed a digital KM platform to facilitate access to and efficient use of strategic information on the HIV epidemic and on actions being taken to support the national response in each country.

The platform includes the following components:

  • Country: Pages for Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Panama with country-specific resources and a map with information about academic and research institutions working in HIV
  • News: Latest news, events, surveys/results, and bulletins
  • Community of Practice: Discussion forums on HIV KM where users can join to read and comment on posts and participate
  • Virtual Campus: 12 free online courses on HIV, gender, quality improvement, COVID-19, and more – all in Spanish and designed by URC through Prevensida (hosted on Teachable.com)
  • Regional Directory: Directory of all civil society organizations (CSOs) working with key populations in Central America
  • COVID-19: Content, links, webinars, guidelines, communications materials, and online courses related to the pandemic
  • Live: Links to “virtual conference rooms” (private or public webinars) for each of the countries in the Country section

 

Achievements

  • URC supported the National HIV/AIDS/STI Program of the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Panama to convene its first virtual forum on monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of HIV/AIDS data in September 2020. The event brought together teams from 18 ART clinics and other MOH and Social Security facilities across Panama to share experiences around sustaining HIV/AIDS services during the COVID pandemic and present the new national report on monitoring and evaluation of the National HIV/AIDS/STI Program.
  • With URC technical support, the ART Clinic in Changuinola District of Bocas del Toro Region of Panama improved notification of new HIV cases from 21% in February 2021 to 100% by the beginning of April. The team is now working on improving linkage to care for newly diagnosed HIV cases.

 

The website facilitates access to and efficient use of strategic information on the HIV epidemic and on actions being taken to support the national response.
The website facilitates access to and efficient use of strategic information on the HIV epidemic and on actions being taken to support the national response.
Duration
2020 to 2024
Funders 
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Partners 
Center for AIDS Prevention Education (CEPRESI)
Regions/ Countries