The New York City-based Elton John AIDS Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has announced the inaugural recipients of grants from a new $10 million fund created to support LGBT communities in multiple African countries.
The grants include $4 million over two years to the International HIV/AIDS Alliance to administer a small grants program targeting innovative community-led approaches for up to thirty eligible PEPFAR-supported countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and $1.5 million over two years to the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), a nonprofit that advocates for equitable access to HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services for gay men, in support of its efforts to address stigma, discrimination, and violence against LGBT people and expand their access to HIV care and prevention.
In addition, the foundation awarded an initial start-up grant to the International AIDS Society to launch its "Me and My Healthcare Provider" campaign, which celebrates doctors, nurses, and other frontline healthcare workers who deliver — often in the face of discriminatory laws, traditions, and belief systems — quality, integrated HIV prevention, care, and treatment services to key populations, including gay men and transgender people.
"Supporting LGBT people in the U.S., the UK, and internationally has been at the heart and soul of our foundation's mission from the very beginning," said EJAF chair David Furnish. "By partnering with PEPFAR to award the inaugural LGBT Fund recipients, and by supporting the International AIDS Society's new 'Me and My Healthcare Provider' campaign, we are building on that commitment and expanding this lifesaving work to places where it is needed most. Places where LGBT people are much more likely to be living with HIV and far less likely to receive the essential services they need to stay healthy and alive. We believe these global campaigns will bridge the gap between LGBT communities and their service providers, which is essential for ending AIDS."