Madrid must save NGO Apoyo Positivo #MadridNecesitaApoyo
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THE CONTINUITY OF THE ORGANIZATION APOYO POSITIVO IN DANGER BY THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE PUBLIC FUNDING AND THE PROGRESSIVE ABANDONMENT OF THE MADRID REGIONAL GOVERNMENT TO HIV AND THE AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
The Spanish organization, based in Madrid and Málaga, Apoyo Positivo, which works on HIV, sexual health and diversity, publicly denounces the serious situation in which the regional Government of Madrid leaves its structure and programs by rejecting all the public subsidies that the entity received.
Apoyo Positivo questions the transparency in the execution and resolution processes of the public funding for HIV, "this decision closes projects with more than 20 years of work, from more than 120 organizations in Madrid, that have been working since the beginning of the HIV epidemic for those groups with the highest prevalence and biggest needs. We are one of the few structures in the Region with housing for people with HIV in exclusion, what are we supposed to do now with these people? ", Says Reyes Velayos.
In these projects, Apoyo Positivo has directly served during 2017 a total of 3,227 people affected by HIV / AIDS and / or Hepatitis C and at risk of exclusion, LGTBIQ people, women in vulnerability, young people, migrants and seniors, and people to which rights were violated due to their diversity, such as the 97 accesses to HIV treatment that were processed in 2017 from our team in Madrid. And the impact of these programs and their actions or campaigns reaches more than 1,500,000 people in the Community. More than 2.500.000 beneficiaries in 2017 with the whole organization.
"The situation is worse in the Community of Madrid, because there is not response to HIV by the regional government," says Jorge Garrido, CEO of the organization. "Our resource has been waiting the HIV resolutions grants since 2015, so the total money not received by the Regional Government makes impossible to continue with our work."
Apoyo Positivo, request the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, to demand that the Government of the Community of Madrid respect the agreements reached and ensure the continuity programs financed in previous years for the HIV grant budget, in defense of the projects and assistance services of HIV organizations in the Region of Madrid.
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