World Aids Day: NGOs Working for Awareness, Prevention of Aids Await Funds

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World Aids Day: NGOs Working for Awareness, Prevention of Aids Await Funds


India, Dec. 1 -- NGOs working for awareness and prevention of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) have been awaiting funds from the Maharashtra State Aids Control Society (MSACS) from December 2016 to March 2017.

With funds for these four months yet to be released by MSACS, NGOs working on creating awareness and prevention of Aids are fearing that the motivation of people working with them will diminish if the release of funds by MSACS is irregular.

When contacted, Dr Lokesh Gabhane, joint director of Maharashtra State Aids Control Society said, "We are aware that funds, for four months between December and March, are yet to be provided to the NGOs. With limited funds being allocated to MSACS in the past three to four years, NGOs couldn't be given funds for that period. But, barring these four months, the problem of lack of funds has never arisen. The funds from April 2017 onwards have already been released."

Dr Gabhane assured that MSACS is currently in talks with the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) and soon the funds for these four months too would be released for the NGOs.

Officials from MSACS told Hindustan Times that in 2017-18 MSACS will provide funds for 174 targeted intervention projects across the state. According to officials from MSACS, the total funds to be released for the same would be over Rs.27.80 crore.

Vijay Nair, chairman of Udaan, which focuses on issues of sexual health within the homosexual and transgender communities particularly with regard to the prevention of HIV/Aids said, "Presently, we are receiving funds from MSACS, but those from December 2016 to March 2017 are still pending. If there are gaps in reception of funds, the motivation of people working with NGOS starts diminishing which should not happen. There is a lot of effort and cost involved in reaching towards those affected and hence, if the funds are received regularly if helps a lot."

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