Jan. 23, 2009 – The San Francisco AIDS Foundation grieves the death of Martin Delaney, 63, a champion of people living with HIV and a tireless crusader against AIDS for more than 25 years.
In 1985, Mr. Delaney founded Project Inform, an organization that promotes greater access to treatment for HIV-positive people. His work expedited the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process making life-saving therapies more widely available to HIV patients. Mr. Delaney served as the director of Project Inform until last year and was a collaborative partner and friend to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
“Marty never lost the visionary zeal that inspired and drove effective advocacy from the beginning of the epidemic,” said Mark Cloutier, CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “His legacy of effective and lasting policy victories will continue to drive all of us working to bring an end to HIV and AIDS. I personally will miss Marty’s collegiality and leadership.”
In recent years, Mr. Delaney led the Fair Pricing Coalition to ensure the affordability of antiretroviral drugs and he advocated for aggressive research into a cure for AIDS.
Four days before his death, Mr. Delaney was honored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) with the Director’s Special Recognition Award for his many contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides leadership to prevent new HIV infections. Linking community experience with science, the Foundation develops ground-breaking prevention programs and bold policy initiatives to promote health and create sustainable progress against HIV. Established in 1982, the Foundation refuses to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable.