Are Foundations Still Involved In The Treatment of HIV/AIDS?



An update on philanthropic funding in the area of ​​HIV / AIDS is included in the GrantWatch column in the May 2017 issue on health issues. This epidemic lasted for decades, so it was time to see if the foundations still have it on their radar screens.

And as I mentioned in the column, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that annual HIV infections in the United States have declined by 18% in general from 2008 to 2014. People should not be complacent: the CDC say that HIV remains "a serious health problem" in the United States, especially in the South.

I learned some interesting stats and projects. However, the column is only a small sample of what is happening in the philanthropy of HIV / AIDS and should not be exhaustive.

In a recent report, AIDS Founders' Organization (FCAA), a sort of trade association of foundations and corporate donations programs, noted that global private philanthropic funding to fight HIV / AIDS was increasing Of 10% by 2014 to 2015. How did this happen? The CFAA stated that several of the top ten donors have significantly increased their donations. Read the column for some of the names of these donors.

And the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (which is now a public charity, not a traditional grant foundation) discovered, from its analysis of February 2017, that the reversal of increased eligibility for Medicaid Under the Affordable Care Act could affect "significantly" health insurance coverage People living with HIV.

Read the column on funding for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which remains active in the field. I highlight the funding he has given to a company in Australia to develop a new HIV self-test designed for people in resource-poor settings.

I also highlight the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's strategic initiative for young children affected by HIV and


AIDS in five African countries. The Hilton Foundation is a national and international donor.

And I mention two examples of interesting local projects in the United States. One is in the county of Guilford, North Carolina. The Cone Health Foundation has awarded Wake Forest University Health Sciences funds for a project using a social media intervention to reach young, diverse and hard-to-reach men who have sex with men living with HIV. Cone Health is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

AIDS Free Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a local initiative, is managed by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. (Allegheny Singer Institute and UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside are funders). The initiative is a campaign to raise awareness and access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a drug that can significantly reduce the chances of being infected by HIV, according to a press release from AIDS Free Pittsburgh.

There is more information on these initiatives, as well as on "People's News" in foundations, in the May 2017 GrantWatch column.

People News at Foundations

Find out who is the new president of the Health Foundation for the West and Central New York and the Rockefeller Foundation. You may have heard about these two new leaders because they have already worked in health philanthropy.

And read what Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, who has just resigned as President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), intends to do so now. RWJF's new president and CEO, Richard Besser, is already on board, I see.

Finally, there is a new foundation in Montana called Headwaters Health Foundation of Western Montana, which has its first CEO, who comes from one of California's well-known funders. Read your areas of interest.