One of the most serious worldwide threats to public health and development is the spread of HIV/AIDS. The Peace Corps is a key partner and implementer of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which provides assistance to countries most affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Many Volunteers will contribute to HIV/AIDS initiatives during their service, regardless of their area of expertise. Currently, the Peace Corps trains all Volunteers who serve in Africa, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia to be advocates and educators of HIV/AIDS prevention and care. Peace Corps Volunteers help people affected by HIV/AIDS through work in areas such as public health education, community and nongovernmental organizations, and business advising. Volunteers do not provide direct medical care.
HIV/AIDS Volunteers face special challenges. The Peace Corps supports its Volunteers with preparation and training to work in an environment of grief and loss.
Learn about HIV/AIDS opportunities in each of the primary program areas, listed below, and watch our video, Turning Hope into Action.
- Volunteers provide education and support for communities struggling with the impact of HIV/AIDS.
- Education and Youth & Community Development
- Volunteers integrate HIV/AIDS education into their roles as teachers and advisors.
- Business and Information & Communication Technology
- Volunteers help communities respond to HIV/AIDS with business initiatives and computer resources.
- Environment and Agriculture
- Volunteers utilize their specialized skills to combat the effects of HIV/AIDS in communities.
- Turning Hope into Action
- Watch a five-minute video about Peace Corps Volunteers combating HIV/AIDS around the world.
Last updated Jan 30 2014