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, 700 children worldwide become infected with HIV (UNAIDS 2013), 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, and later to HIV 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 and like-minded 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 of health systems, and integration of HIV care within maternal and child health services in particular, is critical to achieving this goal. Learn more about how EGPAF works in partnership with Ministries of Health.
Key programmatic areas that EGPAF supports include:
- Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
- Care and Treatment for Children, Women, and Families Living With and Affected by HIV
- Health Systems Strengthening
- Community Engagement
- Strategic Information and Evaluation
EGPAF is currently supporting more than 7,000 sites around the world. Since its international efforts began, EGPAF-supported programs have:
- Provided 20 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies;
- Tested nearly 17 million women for HIV;
- Enrolled more than 2.2 million individuals, including more than 175,000 children, into HIV care and support programs; and
- Started more than 1.2 million individuals, including more than 104,000 children under the age of 15, on antiretroviral treatment.
*All data through December 31, 2013.