PEPFAR-funded AIDS care unit, White River Junction, South Africa, Dec. 15, 2008. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Ambassador Eric Goosby serves as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) understands the critical role of civil society, including homegrown community-based organizations, in our efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. As the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, I was pleased to announce recently that PEPFAR will provide $1.5 million to support global and regional civil society networks to provide technical support, strengthen collaborations, and build strong leadership and capacity in communities highly impacted by HIV.

Local civil society organizations are often closest to the communities most affected by HIV, and serve as essential bridges for these populations into prevention, treatment, and care. However, many local grassroots organizations are small and need help with the “how-to”… more »