Michael K. Lavers
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The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development on Thursday said protecting human rights is essential to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
“Getting to where we need to go to a genuine AIDS-free generation will perhaps require even more determination, innovation and capacity to link the fight against HIV and AIDS to a broad range of critical issues, including the very basic and unassailable fight for human rights for all individuals,” said Rajiv Shah during a speech at the D.C. offices of FHI 360, a global development organization.
Shah made his remarks during a day-long World AIDS Day forum that highlighted a USAID-backed initiative through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to fight the global epidemic among men who have sex with men, transgender people and other disproportionately affected groups.
The Linkages Project, which was awarded to FHI 360 in July, seeks to work with local service providers and officials throughout the world to prevent new HIV infections among at-risk groups. It also hopes to increase access to care these populations that is free of stigma and discrimination.
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