Feb 07, 2008
Helping Prevent the Spread of AIDS through Education in Sudan Obed Diener | VIP Assignment | Sudan | July 2006 For many years now Southern Sudan has been struggling with one of the most fatal diseases in history, AIDS. A sample of country blood donors in 2004 revealed a prevalence rate of 9%, suggesting that since the population of the country has been growing significantly, there is a grave chance of an epidemic. CHF cooperated with other non-governmental organizations to identify interventions that would strengthen the effectiveness of existing activities and prepare CHF for future programming opportunities in the region. Research already conducted by the organizations showed that risky behavior is commonplace in Southern Sudan and that the level of public... Read more
Jan 29, 2008
Children Need Increased Access to AIDS Drugs By Paul Ntambara, The New Times NYAMAGABE — The District Mayor, Alphonse Munyantwali, has called for increased access to antiretroviral drugs for children living with the virus. He revealed that out of 1,000 children living with HIV in Nyamagabe district, only 350 have access to antiretroviral therapy. He was speaking last week at a ceremony to donate scholastic materials to AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children. Over 300 children received the materials as part of New Year’s gifts. "There is need to mobilise children who require antiretroviral drugs. This has to be coupled with sensitisation campaign, because children with HIV/AIDS still face stigma in homes," said... Read more
Nov 30, 2007
CHF International Calls for Expanded Community Mobilization and Local Capacity Building to Fight HIV/AIDS On World AIDS Day, while CHF International honors the struggle of the 33.2 million people around the world living with HIV/AIDS, we are also calling for greater international support of grassroots, community-based efforts to fight the disease. For more than two decades, international assistance has made a marked impact in helping to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS. Increased access to treatment means that more people are able to treat their infections as a chronic illness, while many national governments and their formal medical infrastructures are better prepared to respond to HIV and its socioeconomic impacts. At the same time, there is also a growing divide between community-based... Read more
Nov 20, 2007
CHF International has been selected as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s (Global Fund) new Principal Recipient (PR) for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in Honduras—the only country in Latin America awarded an HIV proposal in Round 3 programming. As a PR, over the next six years, CHF will be directly responsible for managing Honduras’ US$47 million in HIV-focused resources for the Global Fund, including program development, technical support, volunteer and community mobilization, pharmaceutical procurement and monitoring and evaluation. CHF International will directly sub-grant the Global Fund resources to the Honduran government and civil society organizations fighting the epidemic, while building their capacity to provide sustainable, high-quality services... Read more
Oct 10, 2007
CHF International Recieves eBay Foundation Grant The grant was made possible as a result of Colin Rule, an eBay Inc. employee who "championed" funding for CHF International. eBay's Champion a Charity program encourages employees to become involved with and advocate for nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life for all. A competitive program through which grant decisions are made by an employee committee, the eBay Foundation Champion a Charity grants are only made to organizations recommended for funding by eBay employees. About eBay Foundation: eBay Foundation was established by eBay, Inc. in 1998 as a way to give back. Today, the Foudnation works to improve the social and economic well-being of communities by partnering with leading nonprofit organizations. Since... Read more
Jul 25, 2007
CHAMPioning the Fight Against AIDS in Rwanda In the fall of 2005, the President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) selected a consortium, led by CHF International, to implement the USAID-funded Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Program (CHAMP) in Rwanda. Through this program, CHF International works side-by-side with the country's grassroots organizations to build their capacity to help them support, treat and care for hundreds of thousands of Rwandans living with HIV/AIDS and other public health threats, in addition to supporting children who are either infected or affected by the epidemic through the loss of a relative or parent. In the most unlikely of locations—an abandoned building in Kimisagara with only the hint of a structure left—a powerful group has come together to... Read more
Mar 14, 2006
HIV/AIDS and Gender Issues Advanced During CHF International CHAMP Forum in Rwanda SILVER SPRING, Md., March 14, 2006 – Nearly 400 Rwandan women and men from a range of professional and socioeconomic backgrounds gathered together on the occasion of International Women’s Day for a forum that examined the feminization of HIV/AIDS, and celebrated both the country’s achievements and the anticipated challenges to come. The forum, entitled, “The Role of Female Leadership in the Fight against HIV/AIDS,” was sponsored by CHF International’s Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Program (CHAMP)–which is supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through the US Agency for International Development–and by the Rwandan government’s national HIV/AIDS coordination body, the Commission... Read more
Mar 07, 2006
CHF/USAID HIV/AIDS Program in Rwanda Hailed by Commission Head By Daniel Sabiiti, The New Times (Kigali)  The executive secretary of the National Aids Commission (CNLS) Dr.Agnes Binagwaho has urged people who oversee HIV/Aids development projects to be accountable for donor funds. Dr. Binagwaho said this during a two-day 'formation and evaluation' conference for partners in Community HIV/Aids Development Mobilization Programme (CHAMP) that was organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at Hotel Novotel Umubano, last week. She commended USAID for its efforts in combating HIV/Aids through the CHAMP project. Both Binagwaho and the USAID representative, John Dunlop, emphasised the need to keep proper reports on expenditure and to monitor the impact of donor... Read more
Nov 04, 2005
CHF International to lead the four-year, $40 million cooperative effort By Christine A. Terada, Washington File Staff Writer President Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has selected a consortium of nongovernmental organizations to work toward providing sustain-able HIV/AIDS services in Rwanda, according to an October 14 press release from CHF International. Through a four-year, $40 million cooperative agreement, the consortium of four U.S. organizations, led by CHF (Cooperative Housing Foundation) International, will work with local Rwandan partners to implement the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Program (CHAMP). CHAMP’s objective is “to provide Rwandan communities with equitable access to high-quality and sustainable HIV/AIDS services,” the press release said. In doing so, the... Read more
Oct 13, 2005
New Program Champions Sustainable HIV/AIDS Services in Rwanda The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has selected a consortium led by CHF International to implement the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Program (CHAMP) in Rwanda. This four-year, U.S. $40 million cooperative agreement will work to provide Rwandan communities with equitable access to high-quality and sustainable HIV/AIDS services. Specifically, CHAMP will mobilize and strengthen Rwandan organizations, institutions and the government. It will also improve and expand HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services, including care and support for orphans and vulnerable children. Additionally, it will build and strengthen linkages and referral systems among Rwandan communities, community-based service providers, and... Read more
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