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

oncern over the economic feasibility of sustaining it over the long term. In turn, ABIA, with Ford support, has stepped up its advocacy efforts. In response to these and other efforts, the Brazilian government has recently taken bold steps to ensure continued access to generic drugs, saving the country an estimated $240 million in drug costs by 2012.

Russia

The foundation's grantee AIDS Infoshare, a Russian AIDS service organization, has worked to build the skills of grassroots leaders fighting AIDS. Grant support has allowed these leaders to attend global AIDS forums for the first time, with many moving on to assume greater leadership roles at the local and national levels of Russia's response to the disease. These same leaders have also used their newfound clout to successfully call for an end to critical shortages in AIDS medications and treatment for their communities.

Vietnam

The foundation's Hanoi office has made several grants to support the development of grassroots organizations of people living with HIV/AIDS. Ford supports the first magazine created by and for people living with HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, part of a larger effort to improve information and exchange. The foundation also funds efforts to fight stigma and discrimination and supports capacity-building and networking efforts among people living with disease.

A grant from Ford allows the Institute for Development Studies to partner with Bright Future, a leading organization of people living with HIV/AIDS in Vietnam. Bright Future works to build the advocacy and communications skills of its members. It was founded in 2003 as a self-help group of 11 members; today it has developed into a network of over 1,000 people located in 14 provinces.

The foundation also supports the new Vietnam Civil Society Partnership Platform on AIDS (VCSPA). Founded in October 2007, VCSPA is a coalition that unites the voices of hundreds of civil society groups working on HIV.

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