USAID Awards Population Council $65 Million to Continue Operations Research on HIV/AIDS
The U.S. Agency for International Development on Tuesday announced that it has awarded a five-year, $65 million grant to the Population Council and its partners for continuation of its Horizons program, which seeks to improve HIV/AIDS services in the developing world. The program has carried out more than 60 research projects in 21 countries since 1997. Horizons -- which the Population Council runs in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, Family Health International, Tulane University and Johns Hopkins University -- primarily conducts research into "operational and cost-effectiveness issues" related to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, support and treatment. The grant will allow Horizons over the next five years to conduct research on expanding treatment access, care and support; "intensifying" programs for youth; and expanding existing, successful efforts. "Operations research that identifies effective interventions and strategies to respond to HIV/AIDS is critical," Dr. Anne Peterson, USAID's assistant administrator for global health, said, adding, "Once we know what works we can replicate and scale-up successful projects" (USAID release, 10/15).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.