MAC AIDS Fund Forms $4 Million Partnership With AIDS United
August 20, 2012
During the International AIDS Conference, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the Care for Life Initiative, a a multi-year, public-private sector effort of the MAC AIDS Fund to address the intractable barriers that cause one in two people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. to fall out of care. As part of this groundbreaking initiative, MAC AIDS Fund has formed a $4M partnerships with AIDS United over the next three years that will create an innovation fund for both national and regional efforts to improve retention in care and treatment adherence. The exact geographic focuses will be determined based on need and capacity of the local providers to address that need, and will involve an open call for proposals from organizations around the country. The effort will include a rigorous evaluation component performed by Dr. David Holtgrave of John Hopkins University to track metrics and define best practices in the retention in care landscape in the U.S.
In her remarks announcing the Care for Life Initiative, Secretary Sebilius said, "Public-private partnerships play a vital role in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This initiative, which addresses the barriers affecting people's ability to remain in care and on treatment, will help more individuals benefit from life-saving treatments, reduce new infections and move us closer to the Obama Administration's goal of an AIDS-free generation."
"AIDS United's exciting new partnership with MAC AIDS Fund is providing a unique and necessary opportunity to really zero in on ways to keep people living with HIV/AIDS in the life-saving care they need," said AIDS United Interim President and CEO Victor Barnes. "When people stay in care, their potential of living healthy and full lives increases dramatically, while the chances of them transmitting the HIV virus to others are substantially reduced. AIDS United is grateful for the support of the MAC AIDS Fund that will help us continue moving the needle to the end of the epidemic in the United States."
This article was provided by AIDS United. Visit AIDS United's website to find out more about their activities and publications.
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