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The Horizons Program.

From 1997 to 2008, the Population Council's Horizons Program designed, implemented, evaluated, and expanded innovative strategies for HIV prevention, treatment, and care. The Horizons Program was a collaboration with the International Center for Research on Women, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, PATH, Tulane University, Family Health International, and Johns Hopkins University and was funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the generous support of the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Spanning a crucial decade in the fight against HIV and AIDS, Horizons conducted operations research to identify effective approaches for strengthening and scaling up HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs; worked to reduce stigma and improve gender-biased behaviors; and greatly expanded knowledge about the best ways to support, protect, and treat children affected by HIV and AIDS. In all its projects, Horizons strengthened the capacity of local institutions by providing support and training to colleagues.

In 2010, a special section of the journal Public Health Reports published articles on six key topics that Horizons investigated: HIV-related stigma, access to antiretroviral therapy, men who have sex with men, orphans and other vulnerable children, HIV and gender, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission. The Population Council also published background papers on which these journal articles were based. This issue of Population Briefs summarizes the lessons learned and best practices detailed in those publications.

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Date:May 1, 2011
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