HIV Foundations

We want to leave a legacy of stronger community participation at local level and we do this by providing financial and technical support for the establishment of HIV Foundations at national or regional levels.

The HIV Foundations are our way of ensuring that work among marginalised populations is driven by people as close to those populations as possible. We want to leave a legacy of stronger community participation at local level and we do this by providing financial and technical support for the establishment of HIV Foundations at national or regional levels.

THE HIV FOUNDATION (THF) THAILAND

The HIV Foundation Thailand is an independent, not-for--profit organisation committed to the full participation of the people most affected by HIV in the response to HIV. The foundation was established with the support of APMG and of people in Thailand who come from or work amongst the populations most affected by HIV. The HIV Foundation Thailand supports men who have sex with men (MSM), women and men in sex work, people who use drugs, people with HIV, migrants, prisoners and other emerging groups affected by HIV in Asia. Its key focus at present is on gay men and other men who have sex with men and transgender people in Thailand. This is because rates of HIV among these people are at critical levels in Thailand. The HIV Foundation Thailand works closely with APMG on the CAP-3D Project, conducting outreach to gay men and other MSM in poorer areas of Bangkok, helping them to access HIV testing and respond to their HIV test result. It conducts workshops for newly-diagnosed people with HIV, assisting them to get on life-saving HIV treatments and maintain a connection with health services. Links Website Facebook

THE CARTHAGE FOUNDATION, TUNISIA

APMG helped establish The Carthage Foundation, Tunisia this year to expand capacity building for government agencies and NGOs working on HIV, especially among key populations. The Carthage Foundation Tunisia is a project of the Tunisian Center for Public Health that seeks to foster the formation and development of community-based organisations (CBOs) grounded in and comprising people from most-at-risk populations, and to provide technical assistance for countries addressing HIV epidemics among vulnerable populations. The Carthage Foundation Tunisia has trained more than 70 doctors and Ministry of Health staff in HIV topics from throughout Tunisia (certified by University of Washington) and has assisted UNAIDS to provide training in Libya in monitoring and evaluation related to HIV. The Foundation has also begun to build relationships with governments, NGOs, key affected populations and researchers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by hosting the Global Network of Researchers on HIV in MENA (GNR-MENA). Website

THE CENTRAL ASIAN HIV FOUNDATION

APMG helped establish The Central Asian HIV Foundation in Kyrgyzstan to expand capacity building for government agencies and NGOs working on HIV, in the Central Asian Republics. The Central Asian HIV Foundation seeks to work locally in strengthening community-based organisations grounded in and comprising people from most-at-risk populations, and to provide technical assistance for countries addressing HIV epidemics among vulnerable populations. The Central Asian HIV Foundation is exploring potential projects with UNAIDS in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, and with UNDP in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Website currently under construction.

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Lou is a director of APMG and is based in Sydney. He has worked in the response to HIV in a variety of roles since 1983 including management of AIDS home and community programmes and was Executive Director of Australia’s national AIDS NGO. Lou has a background in paediatric nursing, nursing service management and public policy. He worked alongside friends and colleagues in the early part of Sydney’s response to HIV in the gay community, setting up volunteer emotional support and home-care programmes, providing community support in outpatient clinics and providing VCT counselling. Lou began working as an HIV and development consultant in 1998, focusing on technical assistance for national and provincial AIDS policy development, and implementation and strengthening of the civil society response to AIDS. Lou is an experienced adult learning trainer and has prepared and conducted training programs for a wide range of health and community workers. He is also a consumer health advocate and has served two terms as national chairperson of the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia.