In the Dominican Republic (DR), FHI 360 works to improve lives in lasting ways by concentrating our efforts on the areas of health and education. Since 2004, we have partnered with governments and nongovernmental organizations in the DR to prevent and manage HIV; increase communities’ knowledge of contraception, reproductive health information and climate change; and develop an educated and inclusive workforce. FHI 360 has also supported several clinical trials in the DR related to HIV, contraception and reproductive health.
FHI 360 is working to achieve sustainable control of the HIV epidemic, particularly among Haitian migrants and their descendants living in the DR. The HIV Service and Systems Strengthening project, which ended in September 2022 and is now the Enhanced HIV Services for Epidemic Control project, aims to expand access to HIV testing, connect patients to care and improve treatment quality.
FHI 360 is also improving the employability of young people in the DR through the Advance LAC Regional Workforce Development Program, known locally as “Avanza.” The program is designed to reduce unemployment among people ages 15 to 24 by improving the quality of select technical education programs — including career services — and providing scholarships to increase access to these programs for disadvantaged students.
FHI 360 also supports the government of the DR in its emergency response to COVID-19 and monkeypox.