USAID Announces Five-Year, $50M Agreement With Faith-Based Consortium To Fight HIV/AIDS in Developing World
The U.S. Agency for International Development on Thursday announced a new five-year, $50 million agreement with a consortium of international development and faith-based groups to expand its efforts to fight HIV/AIDS in developing countries, Agence France-Presse reports (Agence France-Presse, 3/13). The five-group consortium, led by the humanitarian organization CARE, has been awarded up to $50 million over five years from USAID, under the CORE (Communities Responding to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic) Initiative, to provide care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families and reduce stigma and discrimination in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe. The other members of the consortium are Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication Programs, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the International Center for Research on Women, and the World Council of Churches (CARE release, 3/7). USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios said, "The war against AIDS can be more effectively waged with much broader partnerships with faith and community-based organizations. ... The new CORE initiative expands the opportunities for these organizations to work with USAID to alleviate suffering and turn around the AIDS pandemic" (USAID release, 3/13).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.