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Mozambique repealed its anti-LGBT law last year, but still suffers from intense homophobia.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.”
For more information, see:
- Bias still complicates Mozambique’s battle against Aids (March 2016, 76crimes.com)
- Mozambique: Anti-gay law is gone, anti-gay bias remains (January 2015, 76crimes.com)
- 10 years later, tally of 92 anti-LGBT nations drops to 76 (May 2015, 76crimes.com)
- 12 grim lands, 7 bright spots in LGBTI preview of 2015 (January 2015, 76crimes.com)
- Mozambique: Gay Mozambicans Demand Recognition (November 2014, AllAfrica)