The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a weak and underfunded health system that is in a fragile phase of reconstruction after decades of civil war.
There is a growing concentrated HIV epidemic amongst key populations in the country. The estimated HIV prevalence is 17.3% among men who have sex with men (MSM) and 6.9% among sex workers, while anti-retroviral treatment coverage is among the lowest in the world at 24% of all people living with HIV.
We work with ACS/AMO Congo in the DRC to reduce the barriers that prevent MSM and sex workers from accessing HIV and other health services. ACS/AMO Congo runs a specialized sexual health clinic for MSM and sex workers, which provides an entry point to engage with MSM and sex worker groups and work with them to mobilise their communities to take advantage of the friendly services that the clinic offers.
AMO Congo also supports nascent MSM and sex worker-led organisations to build their capacity to engage in rights-based advocacy, and to maintain consistent and strategic dialogue with health service providers and policy makers, in order to reduce stigma and discrimination and create an enabling environment for MSM and sex workers to access HIV prevention, treatment and care services.