“No human being should be left behind” Sir Elton John
DURBAN, South Africa – The International AIDS Alliance and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV will receive the first grants under a j$10 million fund launched by the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief to open and ensure access to HIV services for men who have sex with men and other sexual minorities in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. The groups, in turn, will administer small grants to community-led efforts to counter discriminatory abuse and neglect with peer-informed responses.
The awards were announced by Sir Elton John, foundation chairman David Furnish and U.S Global AIDS Coordinator Amb. Deborah Birx, with IAS President Dr. Chris Beyrer at a press conference here Wednesday.
“I know some governments in Africa won’t listen to me,” the singer explained, “I count for nothing to them.” But he added, the funding could accomplish what arguments for health equity had not: access to medicines and legal support. “Ten million dollars is a lot of money and we’re going to put it to good use,” he added.