ATLANTA, Nov. 27 The Well Project, a non-profitorganization working to change the course of the AIDS pandemic through aunique and comprehensive focus on women, received two prestigious businessawards for their Web portal. On November 12th, The Well Project received aStevie(R) Award for Women in Business for Best Website of the Year and wasalso chosen for an InfoWorld 100 Award in the health care category.
"We are deeply honored to receive these awards and are humbled to havebeen considered with the other organizations in our categories, which includedrepresentatives from all sectors of business, technology and communityservice," said Dawn Averitt Bridge, Founder and Chair of the Board, The WellProject. "Our goal in creating this website was to make information about HIVand AIDS readily accessible and usable for any woman who might need it. Theseawards demonstrate the success we have had in doing so."
The Stevie Awards considered more than 800 nominations from companies ofall sizes and in virtually every industry. The InfoWorld 100 Awards honor ITprojects that demonstrate the most creative use of cutting-edge technologiesto further their business goals.
The Well Project's comprehensive Web portal (www.thewellproject.org)provides easy-to-understand, accurate and current information about HIV andAIDS for women and their caregivers, addressing all important medical andpersonal issues facing HIV-positive women. The Web portal features more than140 fact sheets, data sets and presentations, and receives 63,000 uniquevisitors each month, from more than 180 countries around the world. The siteis currently available in both English and Spanish and will become availablein French in 2008. The Well Project has embarked on a full globalization planto make the content available in additional languages, which is expected to beimplemented by 2010.
The Well Project's international websites rely on translation servicesfrom Lionbridge, a leading translation services provider. By integratingLionbridge's Web-based translation management platform, Freeway (TM), with itscontent management system, Documentum, the Well Project can quickly scale tosupport new language Websites, without having to deploy additional managementsoftware. The combined solution automates complex tasks involved inmultilingual content management, making it easier for The Well Project toupdate its portal with timely and appropriate content in multiple languages.
The Well Project develops resources and partnerships to educate, nurtureand support the community of HIV-positive women, their caregivers and healthcare providers. The organization also advocates for new research andtreatments, promotes better standards of care, furthers public awareness andeducation about HIV disease among women and connects people in search of atrusted, supportive and protected environment.
"There is a mistaken belief that AIDS is no longer a problem in the UnitedStates, but with an estimated 20,000 women diagnosed with HIV every year, theneed for accurate, accessible information about how to prevent and treat HIVhas never been greater," said Ms. Averitt Bridge.
It is estimated that between 300,000 and 500,000 women in the UnitedStates are living with HIV.
ABOUT THE WELL PROJECT
The Well Project is an Atlanta-based national non-profit organization thatbridges research, resources and relationships to change the AIDS pandemic'seffect on women around the world. The Well Project addresses three criticalgaps in the HIV and AIDS arenas: information access, treatment research andcommunity support.
The Well Project was founded by Dawn Averitt Bridge and her brotherRichard Averitt in 2002. Ms. Bridge was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 at age 19and has since become one of the nation's most prominent HIV and AIDS treatmentadvocates, as well as a sought-after speake