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On World AIDS Day, CHF International Calls for Community Mobilization and Local Capacity Building to Fight HIV/AIDS
Date:11/30/2007

lization Program (CHAMP), also funded by PEPFAR through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is helping 13 large Rwandan partner organizations provide communities with equitable access to a high-quality, sustainable continuum of care through HIV and AIDS. In addition to capacity building, CHAMP focuses on increasing access to prevention and education messages, home-based palliative care, services for orphans and vulnerable children, and strengthened linkages between community-based services and health facilities. So far in 2007, over 200,000 people have been reached with prevention services, nearly 5,000 referred for voluntary counseling and testing, 20,000 provided with palliative care, and 23,000 orphans and vulnerable children have been provided with support for health care, nutrition, education, legal and psychosocial services.

Recently, CHF International was also named as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria's (Global Fund) new Principal Recipient for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in Honduras. Over the next six years, CHF will be directly responsible for managing Honduras' US$47 million in HIV-focused resources for the Global Fund, including program development, technical support, volunteer and community mobilization, pharmaceutical procurement and monitoring and evaluation. CHF will directly sub-grant the Global Fund resources to the Honduran government and civil society organizations fighting the epidemic, while building their capacity to provide sustainable, high-quality services.

In addition to these HIV-specific programs, CHF has been proactively integrating HIV services into its other programming, especially for food insecure or displaced populations who are more vulnerable to contracting the disease.

In Darfur, Sudan, CHF International has been promoting awareness about HIV and gender-based violence (GBV) among youth living in camps for the internally displaced as part of its larger
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