Los Angeles Times Examines How Civil Society Organizations Established To Address AIDS Help Marginalized Populations

The Los Angeles Times profiles Mitr Trust, a community organization in New Delhi, India, that “was established to battle the spread of HIV/AIDS.” But “like many such community organizations, Mitr is also increasingly responsible for helping some of the most marginalized people emerge from society’s shadows, providing medical care and financial counseling, even minting political activists,” the newspaper writes. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and others most affected by HIV “still suffer discrimination and violence” in many countries, but “as the global fight against the epidemic enters its fourth decade, the campaign’s effect on civil society is emerging as one of its most profound legacies,” the newspaper notes.

“Major international donors, including the Gates Foundation, the U.S. government and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, have aimed spending at community-based groups that work with at-risk populations,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “In India, targeted interventions are widely credited with helping prevent HIV/AIDS from exploding,” the newspaper notes and includes quotes from Chris Beyrer, director of the Johns Hopkins Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program and Center for Public Health & Human Rights; Sonia Correa, who studies sexuality policy at the Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association; and UNAIDS Executive Director Michael Sidibé (Levey, 9/15).

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