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

inues to mount that most of the care provided to the victims of AIDS is provided by community volunteers. Yet far too often, community-based organizations are woefully under-funded.

The foundation's South Africa office has supported an innovative model that promises to address this problem by helping communities join forces to attract corporate and other private resources to address AIDS. Ford funds are allowing the Kagiso Charitable Trust and the Synergos Institute to unite influential stakeholders from government, the private sector, civil society and the community around collaborative efforts to address HIV/AIDS in Alexandra, South Africa. Foundation officials hope this new approach can soon serve as a replicable model for communities across the region.

In Namibia, the International Community of Women (ICW) has created an economic empowerment program that now helps hundreds of HIV positive women build stronger livelihoods and share resources. ICW has also launched the Young Women's Dialogue to build the advocacy skills of young women living with the disease. These efforts have already resulted in the appointment of an HIV positive young woman to a seat on the National AIDS Council; and enabled a young woman to work with UNICEF to develop a curriculum for schools working with adolescents born with HIV.

In Mozambique, ICW organized the country's first ever workshop by and for HIV positive women. The groups will expand these efforts in the year ahead.

Brazil

The Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA) has been a grantee of the Ford Foundation since the late 1980s and is one of the oldest and most influential non-governmental HIV/AIDS NGOs in Brazil. ABIA was a key actor in the push to encourage the federal government to guarantee universal access to antiretroviral therapy for all people living with HIV in Brazil in the early 1990s.

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