New York, USA, 26 June 2013 – The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), a worldwide movement of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and allies mobilizing for access to HIV treatment, is delighted to announce the release of US$480,000 over the course of two (2) years in new grant funding to 19 grassroots initiatives by and for key affected populations of people living with HIV.
Grassroots groups and coalitions in 14 countries – Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Georgia, Indonesia, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Tajikistan, Uganda, Ukraine, and Vietnam – will deploy the funds to fight stigma, discrimination, drug shortages, human rights abuses, and other barriers that stand in the way of access to HIV treatment for their communities.
All grantees are led by, and their advocacy will address the needs of, key affected populations of people living with HIV including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, people who use drugs, and sex workers – and their communities.
Grant funding will be the lynchpin of an ongoing, collaborative partnership through which ITPC will also provide technical assistance, capacity enhancement, and network support to our grantees. Projects will not only improve the policy environment in grantees’ countries but will also contribute to greater access to HIV treatment at regional and global level.
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