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Contact: Sue-Lane Wood, 206.285.3500, suelanewood@path.org.

Seattle, July 5, 2007−PATH, as part of a consortium of partners, has been awarded one of seven coveted “prime contractor” positions under the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) AIDS Support and Technical Assistance Resources Sector I (AIDSTAR) program.   This award opens the door for PATH to work on new projects to address HIV and AIDS in some of the poorest countries of the world.

As a prime AIDSTAR contractor, PATH will be able to apply for competitively awarded task orders from the US government up to a shared ceiling of US$500 million.

“PATH has been working on innovative HIV and AIDS programs for nearly 20 years. We look forward to working with our partner organizations on new work under the AIDSTAR program,” said Dr. Christopher J. Elias, president of PATH.

“Through vehicles such as AIDSTAR and other awarded USAID global agreements, PATH can assist the US government in its efforts to meet the HIV-related needs and priorities of the poorest countries,” said Dr. Julie Pulerwitz, project director and director of the HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis Global Program at PATH. “It is our hope, that through our work and in collaboration with our partners, we can significantly contribute to the overall knowledge base about the most effective HIV-related programs and practices.”

Partner organizations in the consortium with PATH include: Chemonics International, Dimagi, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Health and Development Africa, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the International Rescue Committee, International Relief & Development, International Training and Education Center on HIV at the University of Washington, MIDEGO, Westat, and World Relief.