CARMAH, a sexual health research centre and community-based service provider for gay and bisexual men and other men who are having sex men (MSM) and transgender people in Vietnam, has participated in JumpStart project. JumpStart is APCOM’s flagship capacity strengthening programme for community organisations. Formerly initiated under a partnership with Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), JumpStart aims to improve, and build on an organisation’s existing management and advocacy, while encouraging leadership for a community-led HIV response. The project serves as well as a catalyst for the organisation to explore their core competencies that they can build on and, at the same time, explore skill development areas that they still need.
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, CARMAH was established in 2012 with core activities including HIV/AIDS, STI and LGBT health research, advocacy, peer support and service delivery. Under TestXXX project – APCOM’s city-based HIV testing campaigns in cities with high HIV prevalence among MSM – CARMAH is collaborating with APCOM in increasing the uptake of HIV testing and continuum care among young MSM in Ho Chi Minh City using the intervention model of TestBKK, TestXXX’s pilot model targeting Bangkok.
“Capacity Assessment of CARMAH” report provides the findings of myISEAN’s assessment in 17 key organisational and programmatic areas appraised through Jumpstart.