Broward County, Fla., Acts to Ease Impact of Clinic Closing
January 30, 2003
Broward County officials took steps on Wednesday to arrange care for HIV/AIDS patients affected by the closing of the nonprofit Wansiki Foundation. About 150 medical patients and 400 other HIV clients can get help finding new doctors or services by contacting AIDS Project Florida -- formerly Center One -- which reached agreement with the county to handle the transition. Wansiki's board decided Tuesday to close and merge with the other agency after the county moved to cut off $500,000 in federal grants that Wansiki had been receiving. Wansiki has more than $160,000 in unpaid bills and has not been paying employees. Founder Marie Wansiki was removed as director Jan. 3 and has had no contact with the agency in weeks. Norman Kent, chair of AIDS Project Florida, said he hoped the county would put Wansiki's unspent money back into HIV services. AIDS Project Florida can be reached at 954-537-4111.Adapted from:
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
01.30.03; Bob LaMendola
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