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Dec
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USAID (United States Agency for International Development)

USAID is a governmental organizations founded in 1961 by then U.S president John F. Kennedy in order to ” be primarily responsible for administering foreign aid”. The goal that it was created under was to “extend a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country.*”

In 1986 the USAID founded its health department and began the HIV/AIDS project. Since the programs inception the USAID has been the largest contributing member to solving the AIDS problem across the planet. It has been on the front lines of fighting AIDS and makes invaluable contributions each year towards solving the crisis.

Since 1986 USAID HIV/AIDS division has put forward over $7 billion in order to fight AIDS around the planet. It has also allied itself with U.S Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) thus creating the most intuitive, well funded and most diverse AIDS relief program in the world.

USAID receives much of its funding from the U.S government, last year receiving close to $7 billion in order to fight the disease. $3.6 billion of this goes directly to various AIDS programs around the planet, with 2 billion of the total budget aimed solely at Africa. USAID support over 50 different countries with this funding in varying amounts depending on the AIDS threat in that region.

USAID is a driving force behind the Fight Against AIDS and I believe that It is an organization that is truly making a difference in the lives of many people.

References: 

http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/global_health/aids/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Agency_for_International_Development

http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/global_health/aids/Funding/index.html

*cited from outside source

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