community-based organizations in nine Southern states will
receive aid in their efforts to reduce the spread of HIV.
The National AIDS Fund, the Ford Foundation, and the
Elton John AIDS Foundation have joined in support
of Southern REACH, a new fund to help high-risk
populations in the southeastern United States.
organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida (specifically
Northern Florida), Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North
and South Carolina, and Tennessee will be eligible for
grants averaging $45,000.
According to the
National AIDS Fund, eight of the top 10 states with the
highest percentages of HIV-positive African-Americans are in
the South. Furthermore, six of the top 10 states with
the highest percentages of HIV-positive women are in
The Elton John
AIDS Foundation added a $250,000 donation to the Ford
Foundation's $1.55 million offer.
lot has been accomplished in support of HIV prevention and
care, there is still much that needs to be done to
help people who are often left out of the public
health dialog," said Scott Campbell, executive
director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. "HIV/AIDS
continues to spread into all areas of the U.S.,
especially the Deep South. There is no excuse to
overlook people without access to health care or information
in order to save lives and prevent an epidemic from
spreading." (The Advocate)