The Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded five grants totaling $47 million to AIDS prevention programs in India.
The funds will help to significantly expand access to AIDS prevention programs among high-risk group in the Indian states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Manipur, and Nagaland. The grants were awarded to three U.S.-based groups — Voluntary Health Service ($13 million), Family Health International ($10.5 million), and Pathfinder ($8.5 million) — and one each from Australia ($5 million to the Australian International Health Institute) and India ($10 million to Population Services International).
"The grantees announced today have proven track records of delivering HIV prevention services," said Ashok Alexander, director of Avahan, the India AIDS initiative of the Gates Foundation. "We're confident that their efforts can help control the epidemic's spread in India."