KEY POPULATIONS

AFEW understands that making services equitable and accessible means getting services to vulnerable and hard-to-reach individuals who are often those most in need. This calls for creativity, flexibility, dedication, and, most of all, care. To this end, AFEW strives to build partnerships that bridge sectors and institutions and engage public officials, health professionals, front-line staff, community leaders, and other stakeholders in making the delivery of health and psycho-social services more appropriate, more user-friendly, and more responsive to individual needs.

AFEW’s activities are designed for people with injecting drug use (PWID), sex workers (SWs), men who have sex with men (MSM), and homeless youth (‘street’ children). Efforts are aimed at building capacity among service providers working in local governmental, non-governmental, and community agencies through training, informational materials, and the fostering of professional networks. Technical and material assistance is provided to local partners in the development of new and expanded service delivery models such as harm reduction, drop-in centres, community outreach, support groups, peer counselling, and peer education.