ViiV HEALTHCARE HIGHLIGHTS ITS CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO END MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION OF HIV

Harare, Zimbabwe, 30th November, 2015 – ViiV Healthcare, through its Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF), announces today the 34 new community-based organisations from 16 countries that will receive funding in 2015/16 to support local responses to help eliminate mother to child transmission (eMTCT) of HIV in affected communities across Sub-Saharan Africa. The news was highlighted at the PACF Summit which coincides with the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), as the company issued a new call for proposals to support the continued delivery of crucial services to improve the wellbeing of women and children affected by HIV.

Dr. Dominique Limet, CEO, ViiV Healthcare commented: “For the past five years, our Positive Action for Children Fund has supported projects that drive real change for women and children in communities most affected by HIV. Since ViiV Healthcare was first established, we have taken a meaningful approach to partnering with grass-roots organisations to deliver interventions that have made a difference to communities where the need is greatest.”

Since 2009, PACF has partnered with local organisations working to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children affected by HIV and the communities in which they live by strengthening ties between these communities, local health systems and governments. Following the launch of PACF, the programme has evolved significantly to enable more families to have access to information, prevention measures, testing and care for HIV.

Through our partners, the PACF programme has reached around 1.6 million people in communities most affected by HIV directly, delivering results on the ground as reported by our grantees over the past five years. These include enabling nearly 250,000 women to be tested for HIV, thus identifying nearly 24,500 infected with the virus.1 Importantly, the work of our partner organisations has led to more than 135,000 babies born from mothers who are infected with HIV, were delivered in facilities that can provide the most appropriate support and care for both mother and child.

During the conference taking place this week in Harare, more than 80 PACF network and grantee organisations will meet to share their successes and learnings with their peers and to further progress community interventions related to eMTCT. These include promoting women and girls’ access to education and health services, testing infants early for HIV and improving retention of mothers in local HIV services.

 

Call for proposals 2016

In addition, PACF announced a new call for proposals seeking community partnerships that are aligned with eMTCT. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) wanting to apply for a proportion of this funding must register their interest before March 30th 2016.

“The PACF welcomes applications from organisations to support HIV communities where the need is greatest,” said Peter McDermott, Chairman of the Board, Positive Action for Children Fund. “At the core of PACF’s effort is a unique focus on grassroots change, ensuring our grantees are enabled to achieve the greatest impact possible to help end mother to child transmission of HIV.”

Visit www.viivhealthcare.com/community-partnerships/positive-action-for-children-fund/applications for more information on how to submit an application.

 

About PACF 2015/2016 grantees

The following 34 community based organisations have been awarded grants through PACF 2015/2016 programme, subject to contract and validation:

Organisation Country
Action for Research and Development Kenya
Action Plus Sierra Leone
AINGA/AIDES Madagascar
Almanah Rescue Mission Nigeria
Association Burkinabé de Solidarité Burkina Faso
Beacon Youth Initiative Nigeria
Botswana Family Welfare Association Botswana
Burundi Youth for Fighting HIV/AIDS Association Burundi
Cameroon Agenda for Sustainable Development, Cameroon
Community Awareness and Response on AIDS (CARA) Uganda
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Kenya
Espoir de la famille Benin
Girls Power Initiative Nigeria
Give Hope Ethiopia Ethiopia
Hope Through Health Togo
HOPE worldwide Zambia Zambia
Joint efforts for rural development Uganda
Joint efforts for youth Uganda Uganda
Kenya Council of Imams and Ulamaa Kenya
Kuwangisana Mozambique
Munguchi Medical Center Association Uganda
NAP+ Ethiopia
ONG Groupe d'Auto-assistance de Personnes vivant avec le VIH et de Promotion Sociale Cote d'Ivoire
PLAN Health Advocacy and Development Foundation Nigeria
Proactive approaches for children and community transformation (PACT) Uganda
Rhema Care Integrated Development Centre Nigeria
SHDEPHA+ Tanzania
THETA Uganda Limited Uganda
Tilla Association of HIV Positive Women Ethiopia
Tiny Tim and Friends Zambia
Uganda muslim rural development association (UMURDA) Uganda
United action for children Cameroon
Women in Action against Gender Based Violence Cameroon (WACameroon) Cameroon
Worldwide Orphans Ethiopia


About Mother to Child Transmission of HIV

Mother to child transmission occurs when an HIV-positive mother transmits HIV to her child during pregnancy, labour, delivery or breastfeeding. According to the World Health Organisation, there is a 15-45% chance of transmission from an HIV-positive mother to her child without interventions2. However, thanks to global efforts in the prevention of mother to child transmission, including those of the PACF, the aim is to reduce those levels to 5%.

 

About the Positive Action for Children Fund

In 2009, ViiV Healthcare committed to invest £50 million in the PACF over ten years. Now entering its sixth year, PACF has funded over 200 projects on four continents.

PACF’s efforts align to the latest UNAIDS' Global Plan3 and the World Health Organisation ambition to end mother to child transmission (eMTCT) Strategy, both of which aim to eliminate new HIV infections among children and keep their mothers alive. PACF also aims to alleviate the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and children’s health by supporting interventions that engage affected communities, developing their capacity to participate and lead.

 

About ViiV Healthcare

ViiV Healthcare is a global specialist HIV company established in November 2009 by GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) dedicated to delivering advances in treatment and care for people living with HIV. Shionogi joined as a 10% shareholder in October 2012. The company’s aim is to take a deeper and broader interest in HIV/AIDS than any company has done before and take a new approach to deliver effective and new HIV medicines, as well as support communities affected by HIV. For more information on the company, its management, portfolio, pipeline, and commitment, please visit www.viivhealthcare.com.

 

Contacts:

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References:

[1] ViiV Healthcare Positive Action for Children Fund Data on File

[1] World Health Organisation; http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/mtct/en/. Last accessed 26 November 2015.

[1]UNAIDS' Global Plan; http://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/JC2385_ProgressReportGlobalPlan_en_0.pdf. Last accessed 26 November 2015.