Monday, March 21, 2011

5 More Million US$ Against HIV/AIDS in Bahamas

US Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas Nicole Avant announced in the Caribbean Regional HIV Prevention Summit celebrated yesterday that the US will provide with 5 million US$ over the next five years in support of the country's fight against HIV/AIDS. The money will come from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, a US Government initiative to combat the disease around the world. This money will complement the existing US Foreign Aid efforts against HIV/AIDS in Bahamas.

US foreign aid against HIV/AIDS in Bahamas, (some 50,000 US$ a year) was distributed by the Embassy in form of small grants for organizations and NGOs that promote HIV/AIDS prevention, public awareness, and also for those that fight HIV/AIDS social stigma. The new PEPFAR funding will support Bahamas's efforts in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

- David Nebreda

SOURCE: The Bahama Journal