The Call to Action Project: Setting the Stage for the Global Elimination of Pediatric HIV/AIDS
June 29, 2010
Since 2002, the Foundation has been the implementing partner in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Call to Action (CTA) Project, a multi-country initiative supporting prevention of mother-to-child transmission services (PMTCT) in resource-poor settings. The project, which has funded activities for HIV prevention, care, and treatment for mothers and their families in 14 countries, will transition to other mechanisms in September, 2010.
Over eight years, this landmark program reached close to four million pregnant women and their infants with PMTCT services in the parts of the world hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic.
The Call to Action project was a rapid reaction to the crisis of pediatric AIDS in the developing world, and became a major springboard for the expansion of PMTCT services, and care and treatment programs, throughout Africa.
Under USAID funding, CTA scaled up PMTCT programs in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
To commemorate this historic program, the Foundation held an end of project meeting
on June 17 to examine and evaluate CTA results and recommend next steps in PMTCT programming.
Representatives from USAID, key organizations implementing PMTCT services, and partners within the HIV/AIDS community shared and discussed their own experiences and lessons learned on best practices, as well as PMTCT’s future role in eliminating pediatric HIV/AIDS.
To learn more about the CTA Project, please read the newly-released CTA End of Project Report
, which provides a detailed summary of the initiative’s impact on children, mothers, and families around the world.