The U.S. Embassy hosted a signing ceremony for the PEPFAR Small Grants program on February 8, 2017, at American Cultural Center. The ceremony was the starting point for these 17 community based organizations to implement projects that will support the work of PEPFAR to end the AIDS epidemic in Mozambique. PEPFAR, formally known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is now entering its fourteenth year of bringing hope to millions of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS across the world. As part of this initiative, the US Embassy in Maputo administers grants that support local community-based projects related to HIV/AIDS.
Each year, through the PEPFAR community grants program, the U.S. Embassy provides financial assistance to empower local organizations in their important roles to prevent HIV/AIDS transmission, spread public awareness on the disease, and provide vocational training and income generating activities for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
These 17 organizations will implement projects to provide support services for orphans and vulnerable children, adult care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and to support priority populations with special focus on adolescents girls and young women. These projects contribute to the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target. The 90-90-90 goals are: 90% of all people living with HIV know their status; 90% of all People Living with HIV are on Antiretroviral Treatment; and 90% of People living with HIV on Antiretroviral Treatment are virally suppressed – all by 2020.
These 17 partners are expected benefit more than 8,000 people in Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Manica, Sofala, Zambézia, Nampula and Niassa provinces.