The Garifuna people, descendants of Africans who escaped slavery and indigenous Caribbean peoples, speak a language that reflects these histories plus the legacies of French, Spanish, and English-speaking colonists.
The Garifuna communities, like other marginalized peoples of African ancestry around the world, have a high HIV burden. With the support of Gilead Sciences and others, Siempre Unidos is expanding its HIV education, testing, and treatment in Garifuna neighborhoods.
To sensitize and educate, the Siempre Unidos staff are drafting educational brochures on HIV in the Garifuna language. To our knowledge, no such materials exist in Honduras. The Honduran Secretary of Health has expressed interest in replicating them.
Thank you for supporting Siempre Unidos and its efforts to bring HIV services to people who are the most vulnerable and disenfranchised.