(For a list of links without the descriptions, click here.)
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
UNAIDS is a “joint venture” intended to unify and organize the HIV/AIDS efforts of 10 UN organizations, including WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, and the World Bank. It works to “provide technical support” for national AIDS plans. UNAIDS is one of the primary sources for information and statistics on the global HIV/AIDS pandemic.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The UNDP is “an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.” It focuses on democratic governance, poverty reduction crisis prevention and recovery, environment and energy, and HIV/AIDS.
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
Set at the 2000 UN Millennium Summit, the MDGs are “eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world’s main development challenges.” They have become a major rallying point for many development agencies and advocates. Goal 6 is “combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.” This site is run by UNDP, and includes a ton of information, with links to more on its Resources page.
The world bank is a “source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.” Its slogan is “working for a world free of poverty.” The World Bank develops and funds various programs related to HIV/AIDS.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO is a specialized agency within the UN, “responsible for providing leadership on global health matters.” One of the leading sources of information on global health issues, including HIV/AIDS.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is an agency run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with a mission to “promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.” It is deeply involved in domestic AIDS efforts, and has a page devoted to HIV/AIDS.
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Official Government Site. Initiated in 2003, PEPFAR is a $15 billion commitment to funding global efforts against HIV/AIDS, focusing on low-income developing countries with high rates of HIV/AIDS. PEPFAR was sent to Congress for re-authorization (incorporating a major funding increase) in 2008.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
USAID is “an independent federal government agency responsible for providing economic and humanitarian assistance around the globe.” It is responsible for most U.S. foreign aid. It is very active in health issues and supports a number of projects related to HIV/AIDS.
Acting on AIDS (AoA)
Acting on AIDS is an organization that mobilizes Christian college students to get involved with AIDS advocacy and activism. Campus chapters are run independently; AoA offers ideas and resources, but participation is for the most part voluntary and on a case-by-case basis. AoA functions as part of World Vision, and as such its coordinated activities tend to relate to WV’s programs and organizational strengths (e.g. an emphasis on fundraising, and a focus on OVCs, especially in Africa).
Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a Christian advocacy organization focused on “urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.” Tapping into Bread’s activities is a great (and easy!) way to get involved in advocacy for the world’s poor. While this organization is not primarily concerned with HIV/AIDS, the issues of hunger and disease often exist hand-in-hand in a vicious feedback cycle. (Personal note: A few of my friends have worked/are currently working at Bread, and have glowing reviews of the organization.)
Center for Global Development (CGD)
According to its website, “CGD is an independent, not-for-profit think tank that works to reduce global poverty and inequality by encouraging policy change in the U.S. and other rich countries through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community.” For an overview of what CGD is about, here’s a link to their brochure. The CGD’s website is a good source for information, especially more in-depth reports.
DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa)
Founded in 2002 by rock star/advocate Bono, among others, DATA is “an advocacy organization dedicated to eradicating extreme poverty and AIDS in Africa.” DATA focuses on lobbying the governments of the wealthy G7 nations and raising public awareness for issues like AIDS, poverty, and development. Its efforts tend to be high-profile with a lot of popular appeal. DATA is a good source for info in catchy, accessible formats.
Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières – MSF)
Doctors Without Borders (known in most of the world as Médecins Sans Frontières and often called MSF) is an international medical organization “committed to bringing quality medical care to people caught in crisis regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation.” MSF volunteer doctors work in some of the most neglected and dangerous areas in the world. It is also devoted to speaking out about humanitarian crises around the world, making it an excellent source for news and perspective about international problems that receive little coverage in the media. (It produces an annual list of “Top Ten Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories” – click here to see the latest list.) MSF receieved the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Global Fund’s format is unique in that it is an independent organization that exists primarily to raise money and redistribute it. Essentially, concerned parties donate to the Global Fund, which distributes the money in the form of grants to smaller, on-the-ground programs (government organizations and/or NGOs) that meet specific performance standards established by the Fund. Donors include governments, private organizations, and individuals.
International AIDS Society
The IAS describes itself as “the world’s leading independent association of HIV/AIDS professionals.” It runs the International AIDS Conference, a major annual event.
Kaiser Family Foundation
A non-profit organization focused on research and communications in the area of health policy. In their own words, “We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public.” The KFF has developed an impressive network of online resources, many of which have their own links on this page.
The Micah Challenge is a “global Christian campaign” drawing inspiration from the text of Micah 6:8: “what does the LORD require of you? To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” It has two primary aims: “to deepen our engagement with impoverished and marginalised communities; and to challenge international leaders, and leaders of rich and poor countries, to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.” Micah’s website offers information, prayer resources, discussion topics, media resources and suggestions for action.
The ONE Campaign
The ONE Campaign is essentially an informal association of individuals who share concerns about the issues of global poverty, hunger, and disease. It focuses on raising awareness and organizing political advocacy among its members. ONE offers resources and information for its members; participation in its offerings is voluntary. If you sign up for the campaign, you will receive periodic e-mails about important advocacy opportunities (e.g. legislation related to global health or poverty funding). Connecting to ONE is a great way to keep up to date about issues you care about, and learn how to act on them quickly and in concert with others.
Partners in Health (PIH)
PIH is a non-profit health organization that aims “to care for our patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world.” Working in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Russia, and the United States, it operates on a carefully articulated community-based model to “strengthen and complement existing public health infrastructure.” The PIH website has a page on HIV/AIDS, as well as a helpful collection of suggested online and print resources.
World Relief is a Christian organization (it originated in the 1940s from within the National Association of Evangelicals) that aims to “work with, for and from the Church to relieve human suffering, poverty and hunger worldwide in the name of Jesus Christ.” It works with local churches in 18 countries around the world in the areas of disaster response, child development and survival, HIV/AIDS, agriculture, microfinance, refugee care and immigrant services, and trafficking victim protection. (Personal note: I have friends who have worked – in paid and intern capacities – with World Relief refugee services in the Chicago area. They and I have been very impressed with the organization’s work.)
Although perhaps best known for its child sponsorship program, World Vision’s activities as an independent Christian organization encompass a range of relief, development, and advocacy work in 98 countries around the world. It describes itself as “dedicated to working with children, families and communities, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender, to overcome poverty and injustice.” World Vision is among the largest Christian relief and development organizations in the world, and is highly involved with HIV/AIDS, as well as other humanitarian issues.
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