Defining the HIV prevention and treatment needs of key populations who have disproportionate HIV acquisition and transmission risks has been particularly difficult in the context of generalized HIV epidemics where less attention has historically been placed on the HIV prevention and treatment needs of these groups. There is a gap in our understanding of the specific needs of—and ultimately the investment case for the added value of supporting—disproportionately burdened key populations in these settings. In response to this gap, Johns Hopkins University under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Project SOAR implemented a project in partnership with collaborators, with two primary purposes: synthesizing and assessing the quality of available data for key populations; and leveraging these data to strengthen capacity of a strategic group of governmental, nongovernmental, and community stakeholders to effectively use these data to prioritize rights-based, comprehensive data-collection efforts and programmatic responses. This Project SOAR final report summarizes that work.
Rao, Amrita, Nikita Viswasam, and Stefan Baral. 2020. "Strengthening capacity for assessment of HIV-related data needs among key populations to inform evidence-based responses," Project SOAR Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
Supporting Operational AIDS Research (Project SOAR)