Bristol-Myers Squibb Awards Grants to Fight HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa

To mark World AIDS Day, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $1.5 million in support of HIV-related services in sub-Saharan Africa.

Awarded through the foundation's Secure the Future initiative, the twelve grants will strengthen programs in Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, and Lesotho that work with adolescents, the elderly, and HIV patients with cancers or tuberculosis. Recipients include Young Positive Generation of Lesotho, which works to empower youth living with HIV to take ownership of their health and their livelihoods; the National University of Lesotho School of Pharmacy Faculty, which is working to integrate pharmacists into interdisciplinary healthcare teams to help elderly patients with HIV in rural communities; and Swaziland Breast & Cervical Cancer Network, which will partner with the Ministry of Health and others to develop national breast and cervical cancer awareness and clinical programs in the kingdom.

In addition, the foundation awarded a number of grants to programs that support adolescents living with HIV and young people most vulnerable to HIV. Recipients include Youth Advocates Zimbabwe, SAYWHAT in Zimbabwe, Super Buddies in Swaziland, and Salesian Life Choices in South Africa. Since it was established in 1999, Secure the Future has committed more than $180 million to over two hundred and fifty projects in the region.

"As the global community celebrates World AIDS Day and focuses on achieving an AIDS-free generation, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation continues to work with its many partners to make that goal a reality," said John Damonti, the foundation's president. "Together, we are addressing the unique healthcare needs of people living with HIV in southern and eastern Africa by collaborating with nonprofit organizations in the region that share our vision of expanding access to high-quality community-based care and supportive services."