Michigan AIDS Coalition receives over $250K

By |2018-01-16T11:50:42-05:00September 16th, 2010|News|

FERNDALE – Statewide HIV/AIDS advocacy, care and prevention organization the Michigan AIDS Coalition has recently been awarded several new grants. The six most recent grants that have been awarded to support prevention, case management, general operating support, support for [email protected] Project, mentoring and advocacy are:
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, $70,000 over two years
Danto Foundation, $10,000
Towsley Foundation, $10,000
Arcus Foundation, $25,000
Ferndale Community Foundation, $1,600
Ford Foundation, $168,000 over three years
“These grants come at a pivotal time for this organization,” said MAC Chief Executive Officer Helen Hicks. “For too long, support for prevention of this virus has weakened due to advanced drugs which keep people alive much longer than in the past. And yet, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health’s January 2010 Quarterly Report, the number of persons diagnosed, while stable for the last several years, is greater than the number of deaths each year. This directly contributes to the increase in prevalence.”
The current reported prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Michigan is 14,371 people. The prevalence of AIDS is 7,676. Adds Hicks, “I commend these foundations, and others who may be considering a grant to AIDS prevention, for seeing beyond the miracle drugs and truly recognizing the reality that AIDS is more prevalent now than ever.”

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