DHAPP's goal is to maximize program impact by understanding and targeting military HIV/AIDS risk factors, by developing interventions and programs that address military HIV/AIDS risk.
DHAPP works with militaries of foreign countries to devise plans based on the following process: Meet
with key in country partners and stakeholders to determine provisional major program activities and other technical assistance needs.
Adapt DHAPP HIV/AIDS support to the militarys need for prevention, care and/or treatment of their situation based on an assessment of the military epidemic.
Strengthen the military capacity to sustain their prevention, care, treatment, and strategic information programs Consider program design by leveraging assets with Ministry of Health, other country implementing partners, and other stakeholders and donors who have/had successful prevention, care, and/or treatment efforts.
Focus on prevention, care and/or treatment impact aligned with national strategies and operational plans.
Implement and monitor programs to ensure efficiency, accountability and sustainability.
Countries and their militaries need strong programs that demonstrate:
Visible support from the military sector.
Development of plans of action and policies.
Alignment with Combatant Command (COCOM) blueprint, as well as national strategies and priorities. Increasing awareness within the military sector.
Country military ownership of its activities.
Prevention plans focusing on prevention of sexual transmission through voluntary counseling and testing, use of condoms, sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention and management, behavioral interventions, reduction of high risk behavior, prevention and care of opportunistic infections, voluntary medical male circumcision in 13 target countries, changing male normative behaviors, reduction of sexual violence, and targeted prevention campaigns.
Reduction of mother-to-child transmission, (The primary focus of these interventions is on behavior change to reduce the risks of sexual transmission, counseling, testing, diagnosis and proper linkages to care and support). HIV/AIDS stigma reduction Disease surveillance and infrastructure development through programs focusing on HIV/STI/tuberculosis surveillance, HIIV prevalence surveys, laboratory support, monitoring and evaluation, training and strategic information management. Increasing capacity building. Promoting sustainability by the partner country.