Celebrating Community Leadership and Action On AIDS
A.C. Mujeres Unidas por la Salud
kehpca_logoA.C. Mujeres Unidas por la Salud was created as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Venezuela in 2003 and is led by 35 women. Over the past seven years, it has become an organisation of reference at the national level for women with HIV as a result of their efforts. MUSAS provides spaces where women can receive counseling, information and support.


Introduction

MUSAS is an organisation created to support women with HIV, to provide spaces where they can receive counselling, information and support. It is an organisation that has been empowering women to defend their human, sexual and reproductive rights. MUSAS has also promoted the productive activities that contribute to their personal, financial and family welfare. Advocacy has played a huge role in various areas of decision making, to ensure access to antiretroviral treatment, integrated care and their specific needs. The organisation has been working to prevent vertical transmission of HIV, promote gender equality and greater access to female condoms. Since 2009, it has been conducting preventive actions for the general population. Its actions are based on the values of solidarity, confidentiality, respect, justice and honesty. MUSAS is referenced at the national level for women with HIV and performs activities based on specific needs of women with HIV.

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Successes

Profile in Brief
Organisation
A.C. Mujeres Unidas por la Salud (MUSAS)
Region
Caracas, Distrito Capital (Capital District)
Field of Work
Improve access to antiretroviral therapy, essential care, and support
Prevention of vertical transmission of HIV and AIDS-related maternal mortality
Address the needs of women and young girls
Stopping new HIV infections in children and keeping mothers alive
Populations Served
People living with HIV
Women and young girls
Founded
2003
Staff
4 full-time, 4 part-time and 35 volunteers.
  • The creation of the High Level Technical Committee on Women and HIV, actions that began in 2009 and became a reality in May 2011. This space brings together networks of civil society organisations working on women and HIV and institutions of the national government.
  • Becoming an organisation of reference for its work in promotional efforts through the Paper Dolls Global Campaign for a greater access to female condoms, from 2011-2013.
  • Being the first organisation of positive and supportive women who developed information materials for women with HIV. These materials were delivered to Health Centres of Infectious Diseases of the capital. More than 240,000 materials including the Bulletin Voces Femeninas (Female Voices), brochures, posters, postcards, bookmarks and labels have been distributed.

Contact

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Address: Catia. Av. El Cuartel, Vereda N2 Casa 4,
Caracas, Distrito Capital (Capital District), 1030, 1030
Tel: 584267123394