Foundation Welcomes Launch of New Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born Free of HIV

January 27, 2012
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Contact: Robert Yule, 202-448-8456, ryule@pedaids.org

Group of Private Sector Leaders Will Promote and Help Fund Global Plan to End Pediatric AIDS

January 27, 2012, Washington, D.C. – The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) today welcomed the introduction of a new organization dedicated to the shared goal of ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

The Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born Free of HIV was launched today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and declared its commitment to the mission of eliminating pediatric AIDS globally.

The Business Leadership Council is comprised of representatives from diverse industries and countries who have formed to promote and help fund “The Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive.” The global plan was launched at the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS, and led by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby.  

As one of the largest global providers of services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), the Foundation was among several organizations on the Global Task Team that developed the plan, and that now serves on the Global Steering Group to guide its implementation.

“The launch of the Business Leadership Council is a watershed moment in our mission to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV,” said Charles Lyons, President and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. “This diverse group of private sector leaders will not only build global awareness that we can win this fight, but also help marshal the monetary muscle and business expertise needed to make an AIDS-free generation a reality.”

Since the introduction of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria ten years ago, and the subsequent launch of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), public-private partnerships have been a crucial part of sustaining the global AIDS response. Companies such as Johnson & Johnson, ViiV Healthcare, Disney, Chevron, Coca-Cola, and MAC Cosmetics have helped lead the way in supporting scale-up of HIV prevention and treatment services in the regions of the world hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic.

Today, members of the new Business Leadership Council – including Apax Partners, Apria Healthcare Group, Jetro, McKinsey & Company, NBCUniversal, and WPP – have also joined the fight. Over the next 48 months, the Foundation is committed to working with the Business Leadership Council and other partners to keep mothers living with HIV healthy, and to reduce the number of new HIV infections in children to zero.

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About the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation:
The Foundation is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS, and has reached 13.6 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies. It currently works at more than 5,900 sites in 16 countries to implement prevention, care, and treatment services; to further advance innovative research; and to execute strategic and targeted global advocacy activities in order to bring dramatic change to the lives of millions of women, children, and families worldwide. For more information, visit www.pedaids.org.