Gates Foundation Increases Funding, Defends AIDS Initiative in India
July 24, 2009
Bill Gates on Thursday announced an $80 million grant to Avahan, an HIV prevention initiative in India his foundation launched in 2003.
Forbes contended Avahan has largely failed to deliver on its goals because it substituted business expertise for practical health experience.
However, Tachi Yamada, president of the foundation's global health program, responded: "Avahan support has made it possible to provide prevention services to hundreds of thousands of high-risk individuals every month. While it is too early to fully assess Avahan's long-term impact, early signs are encouraging -- data from some projects suggest these efforts are increasing condom use and reducing STD infections."
Key aspects of Avahan will be turned over to the government-run National AIDS Control Organization. During the transition, "Avahan will provide financial and technical support to ensure that prevention programs can be sustained over time," the foundation said.
07.23.2009; Kristi Heim
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.