In 1988, Elizabeth Glaser inspired a movement that has since resulted in the near-elimination of pediatric HIV infection in many high-income countries. Yet in many parts of the world, Elizabeth’s vision of a generation free of HIV has yet to be realized.
Each day, nearly 700 children worldwide become infected with HIV (UNAIDS, Global Report, 2014), 90 percent of whom will contract the virus through mother-to-child transmission. Without diagnosis and treatment, one-third of infected infants will die before the age of one, and almost one-half before their second birthday.
The EGPAF Response
Since 2000, EGPAF has supported expanded access to comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services in regions of the world deeply affected by HIV and AIDS. Our dedicated staff work in close partnership with local governments, ministries of health, and local organizations to halt the spread of the virus, especially among children, and to ensure those living with HIV receive the care and support they need to live long and healthy lives.
EGPAF’s program implementation efforts seek to extend HIV prevention, care, and treatment services to at least 80 percent of children, women, and families affected by HIV in the countries where we work. Strengthening health systems, and integrating HIV services with primary health care services, particularly maternal and child health services, is critical to achieving this goal.
EGPAF currently maintains programs in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and India, while supporting additional countries through global and private technical assistance awards. To find out more about how EGPAF works, click here. Programmatic areas that EGPAF supports include:
- Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
- HIV Testing, Care and Treatment for Children and Adults
- Health Systems Strengthening
- Community Engagement
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