The Reaching Out to Most-at-Risk Populations (ROMP) project helps improve the delivery of a comprehensive package of services and increase the demand for these services among injecting drug users and men who have sex with men. This project, which works in Quezon City in the National Capital Region and the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue in Cebu Province, aims to contribute to the country’s goal of maintaining HIV prevalence among its most-at-risk populations at less than 1 percent. Through this project, FHI 360 will:
- Engage the government at all levels, from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine National AIDS Council at the national level to the local AIDS councils
- Build on existing systems and participate in the government’s decision-making processes
- Promote the government’s active involvement in the design, assessment, monitoring and evaluation of all project activities
- Engage the private sector to expand and improve drug rehabilitation services and accessible condom-dispensing sites
The final results of ROMP will be evidence-based, culturally acceptable and effective services models for injecting drug users and men who have sex with men that the DOH can replicate in other sites facing similar public health threats.