The UCLA Program in Global Health has released a report highlighting some notable accomplishments of several of the organizations that received grants from the Ford Foundation's Global Initiative on HIV/AIDS-and notes areas that require continued attention in the fight against the epidemic.
"Protecting Human Rights and Promoting Social Justice: Highlights from Global Lessons Learned About HIV/AIDS Leadership, Equity, Accountability and Partnerships (LEAP)," released July 21 at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, is a policy-oriented report intended for funders, policymakers, and others to stimulate a continued commitment to the principles of leadership, equity, accountability, and partnerships, and supporting organizations involved in this work.
The organizations' efforts on social justice and human rights issues are critical to meeting the challenges of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the coming years, said Greg Szekeres, associate director of the UCLA Program in Global Health.
"They are rooted in the communities most affected, can be flexible in responding to a shifting landscape, and can address politically sensitive issues that governments and multilateral organizations may be unable or unwilling to," he said. "They are critical in making certain that those most at risk, most affected, and most disenfranchised are able to take a leadership role in crafting the ongoing response to the pandemic."
The initiatives and their accomplishments include:
The report also highlights that, in a world with a growing number of HIV-infected persons, there is a need for continued focus on the following:
The UCLA Program in Global Health partners with academic institutions in developing countries to advance prevention, policy, and clinical research for HIV/AIDS and other diseases in all regions of the world. The program works with its partners in developing countries to integrate treatment and prevention of HIV, implement innovative prevention programs, stimulate the implementation of beneficial policies and laws, address gender inequity, and train the next generation of scientists in the United States and both scientists and advocates in developing countries to continue this essential work.