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amfAR MSM Initiative

A grants programme that supports community-based efforts to reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS among gay men, other MSM and transgender individuals in the developing world.

The project

The amfAR MSM Initiative is a small grants programme that supports community-based efforts to reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS among gay men, other MSM and transgender individuals. It currently operates in five regions of the world, and supports approximately 40 community-based organisations. The projects we support have many different approaches, including:

  • Provision of innovative HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services;
  • Research; and
  • Advocacy

The aim of the MSM Initiative is to be a catalyst. By giving a small investment of approximately $20,000-$30,000, amfAR can enable a community-based organisation to implement an innovative concept – thereby helping the community and raising the profile of the organisation simultaneously, so that other more sustainable donors then step in to help scale up the project even further.

The MSM Initiative has three main goals...

  1. Significantly impact investment in community-based responses to HIV/AIDS among gay men, other MSM and transgender individuals.
  2. Recognise and support key research related to gay men, other MSM, transgender individuals and HIV.
  3. Support advocacy campaigns to breakdown policy and funding barriers for gay men, other MSM, transgender individuals and HIV.

Key Facts

Project name: 
MSM Initiative

Run by:
amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research

Region:
Asia Pacific

Population:
Gay men, other men who have sex with men (MSM), and transgender individuals

Challenges:
Stigma and discrimination; criminalisation; lack of access to health services

Activities:
Supporting community-based organisations; funding research; advocating for increased global attention and funding for HIV/AIDS programmes specific to MSM; supporting epidemiological, demographic and policy research to inform more effective prevention efforts in these communities.