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Offer: Positive Action grants available for community-based responses to HIV/AIDS

The Positive Action for Children Fund aims to support and inform the global effort to alleviate the impact of HIV and AIDS on maternal and child health by supporting interventions that engage affected communities, developing their capacity to participate and lead. Any properly registered not-for-profit organisation that represents or is working with or for affected communities is eligible to submit proposals.

Focus of RFP1
This first Request for Proposals from the Positive Action for Children Fund is focused on the integration of HIV and sexual and reproductive health services leading to improved access to and continuity of services for men and women at risk of HIV or living with HIV.

All projects should have a strong component of community involvement to ensure demand for these services is generated or increased. Project objectives should contribute to the enhancement and integration of services in WHO’s PMTCT elements 1 or 2, or together: primary HIV prevention; and improved sexual health and prevention of unintended pregnancies.

Focus of RFP2
This second Request for Proposals from the Positive Action for Children Fund is focused on the support of infants, children and adolescents living with HIV and their families within their communities, promoting a family-centred approach.

Projects may focus on one area of need for any subset of this age group or cover a number across the age range, including, but not restricted to: early infant diagnosis; nutrition; support around maintenance of and adherence to ARV treatment; sexual and reproductive health education, services and rights; stigma and discrimination.

Projects that are delivered in conjunction with affected communities and seek to develop continuing capacity in those communities and their organisations are encouraged.

The Fund has stipulated that 80% of its funding will go to projects focused on sub-Saharan Africa. Proposals that are focused in other regions will be considered, but fewer of them will be successful. We particularly encourage proposals that target countries identified by UNAIDS with greatest need for PMTCT services (Nigeria, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, DRC, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Malawi, Zambia and India).

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to the Positive Action team at ViiV Healthcare at positiveactionforchildren@viivhealthcare.com by midnight (GMT) on Friday 7th May. If successful, you will be notified following the Board meeting in June. Projects funded under these RFPs should commence before the end of November 2010.

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