Global Developmental Corps
GDC implements programs beyond prevention and awareness interventions, focusing on creating awareness and behavioural change contributing to abstinence or delayed sexual intercourse, caring orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC), empowering vulnerable group such as rural girls, women and sexual minorities. GDC also ensures that people infected and affected by HIV are protected from stigma and discrimination, and that they have necessary skills, healthcare and social services as well as economic interventions. The organization integrates the gender aspect in HIV/AIDS responses and programming to reduce the risk of women infection.
The main aim is to increase access to health care and advance the health-related rights of those who are marginalized because of their sexual practices, sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This includes work with sex workers and sexual minorities, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex, and transgendered persons and other men having sex with men (MSM). GDC works towards this mission by building the capacity of leaders to effectively address the health of these populations and advocating for accountability and a strong civil society role in the design and implementation of right-based policies and practices that have the most impact on the health of sex workers and sexual minorities. This is an exciting opportunity for service delivery for men having sex with men (MSM). Often MSM faces a number of challenges including the high prevalence of HIV, isolation, fear and hate crime. The project aims to enable the MSM community to face up to these challenges which HIV, sexual health and homophobia can present. Facing these issues requires not only strength of affected individuals, but also their friends, family and loved ones to bring an end to stigmatisation.Related countries: South Africa
Related themes: Care and support, HIV prevention, Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV