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Communities Responding to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Initiative

Communities Responding to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Initiative (CORE) was a five-year, $50 million, USAID-funded program to support and strengthen the capacity of community and faith-based groups fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The program ran from 2001 to 2006 and was spearheaded by a consortium led by CARE in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs, and the World Council of Churches. Program field staff were based in CARE’s regional offices in Africa and Asia and worked closely with relevant USAID missions. CORE’s approach emphasized the importance of a multi-sectoral response to HIV/AIDS and the exciting potential of partnerships with community and faith-based institutions that have a high degree of credibility and influence at the local level.