The Pfizer Foundation, the charitable arm of the pharmaceutical giant, is providing $3 million to 24 HIV/AIDS service groups in nine Southern states in an effort to lower HIV transmission rates in the South, which has the fastest-rising HIV prevalence rates in the nation, "Women's Health Weekly" reports. The South is home to about 46% of all new HIV infections in the United States and accounts for about 40% of the nation's AIDS cases. The grants will be issued over three years for programs targeting African-Americans, Latinos, and women in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
"By partnering with organizations in small towns and big cities across the South, we hope to help slow the increasing incidence of HIV/AIDS," said Caroline Roan, Pfizer Foundation secretary. "We know that tackling HIV/AIDS--the most catastrophic health challenge of our time--demands that we work and partner together as governments and communities, and as corporations and foundations." Among the specific programs to be funded are International AIDS Empowerment in El Paso, Tex., Mothers' Voices in Miami; the AIDS Resource Council in Rome, Ga.; Methodist Health Foundation/Community HIV Network in Chattanooga, Tenn.; and the South Mississippi AIDS Task Force in Biloxi, Miss.