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$2m targets HIV in Mozambique’s LGBT communities

Mobile clinic in Mozambique (Photo courtesy of RealMedicineFoundation.org)
Mobile clinic in Mozambique (Photo courtesy of RealMedicineFoundation.org)

 

Location of Mozambique in southeast Africa.
Location of Mozambique in southeast Africa.

A coalition of anti-AIDS organizations is offering $2 million to combat HIV in the LGBT communities of Mozambique, where stigma against sexual minorities often excludes them from health care.

Mozambique repealed its anti-LGBT law last year, but still suffers from intense homophobia.

Stigma complicates efforts to combat AIDS. The country’s HIV rate of 11.5 percent is among the top 10 in the world. Among men who have sex with men in Maputo, the capital, the HIV rate exceeds 33 percent.

In an announcement, The LGBT Fund said the $2 million Deep Engagement Grant would be awarded for a Mozambique-based effort:

  • To improve access to HIV and STI prevention, care and treatment services and information for LGBT persons;
  • To decrease LGBT-related stigma and discrimination among health and other service providers, community and/or faith-based leaders, families and policy makers; and
  • To increase the capacity of LGBT community-based civil society organizations and local- and national-level LGBT movements to deliver HIV and STI services and advocate for the rights and health of LGBT persons.

The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2017.

A conference call for prospective applicants will be held on Monday, Jan. 23. For more details, see the brief article “Mozambicans, here’s how to get $2m to fight AIDS.”

Partners in The LGBT Fund are the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), and The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Logos of the three partners in The LGBT Fund.
Logos of the three partners in The LGBT Fund.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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