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Christine Stegling, Executive Director, ITPC at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We know that despite enormous scientific advancement in HIV treatment, many people are still not accessing the medicines they need and while responsibility ultimately lies within health systems to ensure everybody has equitable access to medicines, it is only through community activism that such access will be achieved. These funds will support communities to demand and sustain HIV treatment access Christine Stegling, Executive Director of ITPC.
The grants are made possible through the global Bridging the Gaps initiative, an alliance of five Dutch organizations, four global key population networks, and more than seventy local partners, that strengthens the HIV response for sex workers, LGBT people, and people who use drugs. Bridging the Gaps is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and coordinated by the Aidsfonds. Additional supporters include the AJG Foundation and the Levi Strauss Foundation. Project partners also include the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), and International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD). ITPC gratefully acknowledges all of our partners and supporters.