Location: Global Global
Partner:General Board of Global Ministries
Describe the need affecting constituents.
At the beginning of 2016, approximately 37 million people around the world were living with HIV or AIDS. Young people and particularly women are increasingly affected - nearly half of all AIDS patients are women. And each day, 700 babies are born HIV positive. Mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT) can be reduced to below 5% when women have access to testing, counselling and treatment. But access is often difficult.
Describe the purpose of the project.
The UMC Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF) began in 2004 as a response to the global AIDS pandemic. An inter-agency committee guides the effort. Grants are provided to global projects that provide education for prevention and/or care for those who are infected with HIV or AIDS. As of 2016, funding for 287 Christ-centered projects in 44 countries had been allocated plus scores of Annual Conference AIDS projects. Of the total money raised in each Annual Conference for UMGAF, 25 percent shall be retained by the Annual Conference for programs combating HIV & AIDS in their region and/or in other global connectional projects. Each annual conference shall designate an appropriate task force/agency for the promotion and distribution of these funds. The remaining 75% shall be remitted by the conference treasurer to the Advance office at the General Board of Global Ministries for distribution to global projects. UMGAF facilitates ongoing educational efforts to equip hundreds of United Methodists to respond to the AIDS crisis locally and globally. Advocacy for prevention, care and treatment has been a consistent focus of UMGAF through its partnership with the General Board of Church and Society which administers the AIDS Network in The UMC. The face of AIDS is changing in the world. More persons have access to life saving drugs which is reducing the number of overall deaths. But stigma inflicted by the Church and society keeps people from being tested and treated. UMGAF is the official entity in The United Methodist Church working to create an AIDS-free.
Describe the primary goal of the project.
The funds raised through this advance supports projects that address
1. the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV
2. the prevention of HIV in young people and high-risk populations
3. increased access to HIV counseling, testing, and treatment services
4. stigma reduction and psychosocial support to people living with HIV
Budget and Financial Information
Advance Financial Goal
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