Celebrities Raise Their Voices in UNAIDS Believe it. Do it. Video
October 16, 2012
EGPAF is pleased to present the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
video entitled Believe it. Do it.
Celebrities including Naomi Watts, Blair Underwood, Whoopi Goldberg, and Annie Lennox lent their efforts to this video, and have joined UNAIDS in a campaign aimed at preventing new HIV infections in children by 2015.
The video, and the campaign, support EGPAF's overarching mission: to prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eliminate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.
In 2011, working in 15 countries, EGPAF had provided more than 2.5 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their infants; had tested more than 2.2 million women for HIV; and had enrolled more than 877,000 individuals, including more than 82,000 children, into care and support programs. Also in 2011, close to 178,000 women received antiretroviral medications in EGPAF-supported clinics, resulting in an estimated 34,000 infections averted.
Further, in 2012, the U.S. Congress amended and reauthorized two important pieces of legislation that protected the health of children – the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA)
and the Pharmaceutical Research Equity Act (PREA)
– for which EGPAF advocated tirelessly.
One of EGPAF’s significant accomplishments, however, was playing a key role on the Global Task Team that developed the Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive
– a groundbreaking road map to the elimination of pediatric AIDS that is commonly known as the Global Plan. Today, EGPAF proudly serves on the plan’s Global Steering Group (GSG), which is co-chaired by UNAIDS and the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC)
; EGPAF is now leading and guiding the implementation of the plan at the country level.
EGPAF believes in the promise of a generation born free of HIV – and working together with UNAIDS, OGAC, and our many committed partners around the world, we know we can achieve it. To learn more about UNAIDS and the Believe it. Do it.
campaign, visit the UNAIDS website