From urban centers to rural villages, AIDS organizations are finally springing up across Africa, often with the help of U.S. groups that have signed on to the African battle. This is a list of agencies—some in Africa, others closer to home—that are certain to put your interest and money to good PWA uses.

Organizations in Africa:

African Medical and Resource Foundation (AMREF)

AMREF Headquarters
P.O. Box 30125, Nairobi, Kenya
With offices in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, AMREF offers advocacy, outreach, counseling and primary health care.

National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA)
P.O. Box 1661, Houghton 2041
Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa’s leading AIDS advocacy group focuses on treatment access and raising AIDS awareness through workshops and other community ed.

Network of African People Living with HIV/AIDS (NAP+)
P.O. Box 30218, Nairobi, Kenya
NAP+ offers treatment, counseling, condoms, prevention information, traditional healing and medicine. Their newsletter is Positive Voice.

Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA)
Regional Office
B.P. 16425, Dakar/Fan
Dakar, Senegal
SWAA does women’s health advocacy, conducts HIV conferences and prints regional conference reports.

Women’s Health Project
P.O. Box 1038
Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
Advocates for gender equality through networking and community education. Their newsletter is Women’s Health News and Views.

Organizations in North America:

Doctors Without Borders

Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF)
HIV/AIDS Programs
6 E. 39th St., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016
The world’s largest independent relief organization offers HIV prevention outreach, treatment and training of HIV peer educators.

International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO)
399 Church St., 4th Floor
Toronto, ON M58 2J6, Canada
ICASO provides advocacy, HIV testing and counseling for PWAs; conducts conferences and prevention workshops.

The Global Health Council
Global AIDS Program
1701 K St., NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
One of the nation’s largest information, advocacy and prevention organizations, addressing AIDS issues in the U.S. and worldwide.

United Nations Development Programme
HIV and Development Program
1 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10007
Offers care and support for women, HIV prevention outreach and workshops for people with HIV.