amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

MSM Initiative Grantee Suffers Grave Losses in Haitian Earthquake

January 14, 2010—Among the thousands in Haiti who lost their lives in the earthquake on January 12 were 14 members attending a support group meeting at the offices of SEROvie, an amfAR-supported community organization that provides outreach and HIV/AIDS-related services to men who have sex with men (MSM). One staff member also remains missing.

SEROvie, which received community awards from amfAR’s MSM Initiative in 2008 and 2009, has been working with MSM—a group that is particularly vulnerable to HIV in Haiti due to stigma and discrimination—to provide medical and psychosocial support, and has been building a network of providers who offer HIV services targeted at MSM. Tuesday’s devastation compounds the difficulties of working within what was already a fragile infrastructure, and represents an enormous loss to the HIV/AIDS community in Haiti.

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has set up a specific fund for SEROvie. To support them directly, visit  http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/takeaction/globalactionalerts/1074.html.

To learn more about how you can support general relief efforts in Haiti, visit http://www.google.com/relief/haitiearthquake/.