USAID to Spend $US500-million in Caribbean to Eliminate AIDS


The United States Agency for International Development, USAID, is to spend $US500-millionĀ  dollars over the next five years on new efforts to allow the Caribbean and other parts of the world to achieve an AIDS free status.

The new programmes will support the implementation of Barack Obama’s blueprint for the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR.

This massive investment in the fight against the disease, was announced this week at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Australia.

USAID says the investment will allow partnering organizations to be better able to sustain a lasting impact in the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

It says the funding support will strengthen high impact interventions, engage key populations and support the capacity of local partners and host country governments to accelerate the end of the AIDS epidemic.

USAID says half of the funds will be spent on strengthening the impact interventions for an AIDS-Free Generation.

Another 73-million US dollars will be spent on linkages across the continuum of HIV services for key populations affected by HIV.