Last December 2019, the Kimirina Corporation concluded the execution of the ECU-H-KIMI grant, as well as its Principal Recipient of the civil society component in Ecuador. The work carried out in the last ten years has allowed the implementation process to be recognized by the Global Fund, which has assigned in its last feedback letter of April 30, 2020, an A1 rating to the performance of the project in its Last period January-December 2019, for an execution that exceeds the established goals, being this, the highest nomination for the qualification of project execution by this donor.
The actions undertaken by Kimirina are framed in the search for an equitable society, which is why, throughout its history, it has developed strategies that have led it to be a recognized organization, both nationally and internationally, outstanding for its development in knowledge technical, collective work, political advocacy and mainly transparent management in accordance with its institutional objectives.
Throughout these 20 years, as a specialized organization, it has developed methodological technical capacities, with innovative approaches, deploying research for the key population against HIV and vulnerable populations; These actions have allowed donor institutions to trust the capacities of the organization, played in the last decade as the Principal Recipient of Civil Society subsidized by the Global Fund.
During 2019, Kimirina, with her community peer teams, managed to carry out around 50 thousand tests, finding more than 900 positive people from key populations, representing a quarter of new national cases identified in key populations, the same as They were referred to the National Health System and to whom an accompaniment has been carried out to link them to comprehensive care. Additionally, thanks to the coordinated work carried out by Kimirina with the Ministry of Public Health, it was possible to reduce the times of admission to treatment to an average time of 3 weeks.
This process is the fruit of the work of Kimirina, who, under methodological lines adjusted to the needs of key populations, progressively built a community response to eliminate barriers to access for the population that cannot reach health services, especially to the most vulnerable populations, such as the situation of trans female transgender women, who, thanks to the work done, have arrived with combined prevention actions at their meeting places, delivering prevention packages (condoms, lubricants and informational material), offering evidence screening, PrEP and accompaniment in the event of being HIV positive for its effective linkage to the health system.
Author: Christian Acosta (Coordinator of the HIV-FM Project)