The HIV Collaborative Fund, which was founded and established in 2003, offers small contributions and donations to community-based associations in Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. In addition, the financing of HIV Collaborative Fund is provided for regional network assistance, program evaluation, and technical assistance as well. More than 15 donors finance such activities such as the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Ford Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, the Steven Lewis Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Health Organization (WHO). This foundation is a development of Tides, and every decision in terms of financing is conducted by the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition’s members.
In 2007, the foundation announced that Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave a three-year funding worth $5.2 million in order to help community-based groups in sub-Saharan Africa area which are taking part in educational and advocacy activities in order to raise access to prevention and treatment of HIV cases.
HIV Collaborative Fund makes use of a distinctive financing means wherein financing assessments are conducted by ITPC (International Treatment Preparedness Coalition) members, which is a worldwide alliance of individuals suffering from AIDS, in order to boost access to equitable and comprehensive treatment, prevention and care.
According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Policy and Advocacy director, Joe Cerrell, people who are suffering from HIV and grassroots associations have a significant and distinctive part in fighting stigma, supporting HIV services, helping in the lifesaving delivery care and prevention services, as well as taking part in boosting AIDS’ governmental leadership.
The help from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation enables the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition to improve the capacity of its network all over the Saharan Africa area and generate models for communications, advocacy and service delivery that ITPC will use worldwide.
The members of International Treatment Preparedness Coalition all over the globe support better network to evidence-based treatment services, HIV medication, as well as the human rights for those who are suffering from AIDS. The semi-annual reports of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition offer an evaluation of HIV treatment activities’ impact all over the globe. The proposals for better care included in these kinds of reports are adopted by a variety of establishments, as well as are published in different publications, such as in The Lancet, a widely-respected and independent medical journal.
More than 500 institutions worldwide have been given grants since 2003 by HIV Collaborative Fund such as:
- WNU (The Women’s Network for Unity) in Cambodia – made a project on expanding access to AIDS/HIV medication for sex workers.
- SAO (Solidarity for AIDS Organization) – established once there is no other organization was servicing eastern Uganda’s Teso region due to armed rebels and political instability. The founders of SAO were people who are living in dislocation camps and carry out community education, increase HIV medication, and hand out condoms.
- The South India Positive Network provides aravaginal (local men-to-women transgenders) and men who have slept with other men with treatment education and prevention services.