Hi, my name is Erika Páez Manajarrés, and I am the Senior Programme Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance). The Alliance is a global partnership of nationally-based organisations in over 40 countries supporting more than 3,000 HIV/AIDS community action projects.
We have been working with Positive Action on the Vida Digna project since 2005. Designed and first implemented by Colectivo Sol, our Alliance Linking Organisation in Mexico, Vida Digna developed a model for engaging with key populations worst affected by HIV-related stigma and discrimination: people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people and drug users.
Erika Páez Manjarrés
Senior Programme Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, International HIV/AIDS Alliance
Hi, my name is Juan Jacobo Hernández and I am the General Director of Colectivo Sol. Colectivo Sol was founded in 1981 out of the Gay Liberation movement in Mexico. In 1983 we started working in HIV/AIDS because we saw that communities around us and our own colleagues were starting to get ill and die. We have continued working in HIV ever since – both with PLWHA and with at-risk populations.
In 2005, with support from the Alliance and Positive Action, we embarked on one of the first programmes in Central America to address the high levels of stigma, discrimination and even violence faced by key populations – Vida Digna, or “life with dignity”.
Juan Jacobo Hernández
General Director, Colectivo Sol