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

d governmental forums. A new grant will help it conduct a wide-ranging study to better understand how AIDS treatment programs are affecting the daily lives of people living with the disease.

AIDS Care China has developed a new community model to improve the relationship between local government agencies and people living with HIV/AIDS, speeding up services and expanding access to information.

United States

The foundation has supported the launch of the U.S. Positive Women's Network, a group of diverse, HIV-positive female leaders from across the United States. The network unites women on the frontlines of the disease, making it possible for them to share best practices, pursue collaborative advocacy efforts and offer moral support to each other.

The Center for Women & HIV Advocacy has extended its efforts to educate policymakers and the public about the benefits of providing comprehensive sexual education in public schools. It has also used foundation investments to expand training programs that educate HIV-positive women about their legal rights.

The Women's Collective has developed a national network of women living with HIV/AIDS to make sure they are represented at policy tables where decisions are made that affect their lives. The Collective has also launched the Microbicides Advocacy Project (MAP) to ensure that women living with HIV/AIDS are part of microbicides clinical trials so that they too will have access to the prevention tool when it becomes available.

Responding to the AIDS crisis in the Southern United States, the foundation has also supported the Southern REACH initiative of the National AIDS Fund, which provides grants and assistance to community-based organizations in nine Southern states. The central goal is to broaden and strengthen community capacity to address HIV/AIDS in marginalized, at-risk populations.

Southern Africa

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