PEPFAR Aims to Boost Civil Society Efforts Against HIV/AIDS

The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has committed $1.5 million to help regional and global civil society networks provide technical assistance, improve leadership and capacity and strengthen collaborations in HIV-hit communities. Photo by: shortie66 / CC BY-NC-SA shortie66CC BY-NC-SA

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is providing $1.5 million to help regional and global civil society networks provide technical assistance, improve leadership and capacity, and strengthen collaborations in communities with high incidences of HIV, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator has announced.

“Many local grassroots organizations are small and need help with the ‘how-to’ aspects of service delivery,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby wrote on the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. “PEPFAR support will allow larger networks to expand their efforts to share technical and management expertise with these front-line organizations.”

Goosby said PEPFAR is also looking at longer-term strategies to support civil society groups and community-based organizations through the agency’s country plans and partnerships as well as through Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants and dialogue between civil society groups and other donors.

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