The Central America Regional Program for HIV/AIDS is part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In Panama, activities under the Regional Program focus on persons at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, people living with HIV/AIDS, and those close to them who are impacted by the disease. Activities are designed to contain the epidemic and mitigate its impact through targeted behavior change programs for the most at-risk populations, implementation of improved policies and programs, and private sector involvement. It also aims to enhance the participation and strengthening of local organizations to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, particularly in the strategic use of information for advocacy, policy-making, and monitoring and evaluation of program efforts. In addition, it works to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and the populations most vulnerable to the infection.
Last updated: May 10, 2013