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, 400 children worldwide become infected with HIV (UNAIDS, 2016), 90 percent of whom will contract the virus through mother-to-child transmission. Without early identification and linkage to treatment, 50% of HIV-infected children will die before their second birthdays.
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 expand HIV prevention, care, and treatment access to 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 is supporting activities in 19 countries. 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
- Strategic Information and Evaluation