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Ford Foundation Says Rights and Opportunity Are Critical for People Living Longer with HIV
Date:8/1/2008

orts to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS on five continents. It launched the Global Initiative on HIV/AIDS in 2006 to extend the impact of this work by bringing the knowledge and experience of its grantees to global HIV/AIDS forums.

The foundation invests in a wide array of grantees -- many of whom will be attending next week's International AIDS Conference in Mexico City -- to advance innovative approaches that confront the impact of AIDS in local communities and at the global level.

Examples of recent grantee initiatives include:

India

A foundation-supported group known as the Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit is engaging with key government HIV/AIDS agencies to ensure equitable access to treatment programs. By closely monitoring the distribution of antiretroviral treatment, for example, they have helped ensure that drug shortages are quickly addressed.

The Lawyers Collective has also pursued litigation to hold government agencies accountable for employment discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS and to curb a growing trend of false advertisements promising cures for AIDS, which lead to wide-spread confusion and misinformation, especially in marginalized communities.

It is also leading the way in addressing HIV/AIDS through a human rights perspective, enabling vulnerable populations to develop a voice in political processes that shape local HIV laws and regulations.

China

In 2001, the foundation supported the launch of China's first-ever grassroots group for people living with HIV/AIDS. This year, with continued funding from Ford, Mangrove Support Group has provided technical training to boost the capacity of 15 other grassroots groups across the region. It has also launched a women's program to train grassroots female leaders.

Ford supported the 2008 launch of the Chinese Alliance for People Living with HIV/AIDS, a network that unites HIV grassroots groups to project a unified voice in policy an
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