Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Launches Two New Projects
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) recently unveiled two innovative projects that will expand access to comprehensive HIV/AIDS services worldwide. Read on to learn how these projects will impact communities throughout the world!
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), EGPAF’s Project Kimia will expand access to comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and treatment services throughout the Kinshasa and Orientale Provinces. Through Project Kimia, every EGPAF-supported clinic that provides prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services will also offer tuberculosis (TB) testing and treatment, and referrals for sexual and gender-based violence.
Similarly, comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and treatment services will now be integrated into all TB screening and treatment centers. EGPAF’s DRC Country Director, John Ditekemena, M.D., said improving access to HIV services is critical in the DRC where many lack access to antiretroviral treatment for HIV.
“The only way we can hope to turn the tide against the HIV/AIDS epidemic is by concentrating our resources on our most vulnerable populations – women and children,” he said.
New Technical Assistance Project
EGPAF was also awarded a grant from the CDC to work alongside ministries of health to further technical assistance and health systems strengthening efforts.
The project will focus on three key areas: PMTCT, adult HIV care and treatment and pediatric HIV care and treatment. Through technical assistance, EGPAF hopes to build local capacity to implement comprehensive HIV/AIDS programs while empowering local governments toward country-ownership of their domestic response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
“Our long-standing relationships with PEPFAR, CDC, and ministries of health will optimize this new project’s impact as we work toward an AIDS-free generation,” said Charles Lyons, EGPAF president and CEO.
EGPAF currently provides country-based technical assistance at the facility, community, district, and national levels, and supports HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention projects in 14 countries.
To learn more EGPAF’s programmatic work in countries around the world, click here.