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Program goal: The Global Health HIV program works to mobilize and appropriate funding to support projects around the globe that prevent the spread of HIV, provide care to those living with HIV/AIDS, and improve access to testing and treatment. Our work also helps increase the capacity of communities to respond to HIV/AIDS and combat stigma around the world. We work in partnership with the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund.
Funding priorities: We prioritize projects that address the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; prevention of HIV in young people and high-risk populations; increasing access to HIV counseling, testing, and treatment services; stigma reduction; and psychosocial support to people living with HIV.
Gifts to this program via Advance #982345 can make a significant difference.
Grants: In 2015, 23 grants totaling $210,253 were awarded to projects in 15 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. More than 67,000 people have been direct beneficiaries of these projects, including 867 mothers living with HIV who received support services and 218 babies born to HIV-positive mothers who were detected and linked to antiretroviral services. See program report.
Passing on the Care: After a session on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, a young man took his sick, pregnant sister to the clinic where she was found to be HIV-positive. She responded well to treatment and care and found the courage to reach out to a friend who was as sick and weak as she had been. She revealed her status, her concern about her unborn child, and her fear of stigma. The woman convinced her friend to be tested, and upon finding out she was positive, the friend also received care and started treatment. (UMC Health Office, Cote d’Ivoire)
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It’s About Families: An HIV-positive woman married but did not tell her husband about her status. She became pregnant but only came to the hospital near the end of her pregnancy. Her CD4 count was very low because she hadn’t been taking her medicines out of fear that her husband would find out. The health team reached out to the husband for testing, and he was also found to be HIV-positive. The couple is now consistently taking their drugs and living in harmony with a healthy baby. (Mutambara Mission Hospital. Zimbabwe)