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Avahan – an initiative launched in 2003 by the Gates Foundation to reduce the spread of HIV in India – provides funding and support to targeted HIV prevention programs in six Indian states. This mobile clinic in Matunga is run by Social Activities Integration (SAI) in Maharashtra.

Today, free testing for HIV/AIDS is readily available in Cote d'Ivoire. esting can be done in as little as 15 minutes, ensuring that patients will stay to receive their results. Dimbokro, Cote d'Ivoire. 2009. Photo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Oliver Asselin.

Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett at press conference, New ork City, June 26. Photo Courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Fund is also working in- crease access to TB treat- ment, strengthen health systems, and fight drug-re- sistant TB.

HIV/AIDS Funding for hiV/aiDS in low- and middle- income countries increased from a mere US$300 million in 1996 to US$13.6 billion in 2008, the highest level to date. in just five years, the President's emer- gency Plan for aiDS Re- lief (PePFaR) has helped save an estimated 1.2 mil- lion lives by expanding ac- cess to hiV prevention and treatment, including treatments to help prevent hiV from passing from mother to child during pregnancy or breastfeed- ing. By March 2009, the Global Fund had commit- ted US$11.9 billion to 136 countries for hiV/aiDS prevention, treatment, and care programs.

as the living Proof Project points out, we are making a difference, but there is still more to do. To learn more or to find out how you can help any of the projects mentioned in this article, please visit these organizations at their websites: The living Proof Project: www.livingproofproject.org The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: www.gatesfoundation.org GaiN: http://www.gainhealth.org/ The Global Fund: http://www.theglobalfund.org USaiD: http://www.usaid.gov/ PePFaR: http://www.pepfar.gov/ The President's Malaria initiative: http://www.fightingmalaria.gov

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