Location: Global Global
Partner:General Board of Global Ministries
Describe the need affecting constituents.
At the beginning of 2016, approximately 37 million people were living with HIV or AIDS. Another 36 million people had died. Globally, women are increasingly affected by HIV. Nearly half of all AIDS cases are women. Each day 700 babies are born with HIV ? something completely preventable if the mother has access to testing and, if she is positive, access to treatment. Access is the operative word. Thirty-eight percent do not have access. According to the UN Population Fund, 200 million women in the world also lack access to family planning which would help reduce unwanted pregnancies, thus reducing the spread of HIV to babies. Mother-to-child transmission of HIV can be reduced to levels below 5 percent with effective interventions. Only 62% of pregnant women living with HIV receive the most effective drug regimens. Globally,13.3 million children are orphaned due to AIDS ? a statistic that should disquiet our souls. In the United States, a disproportionate number of African Americans are acquiring the HIV virus and spikes are also happening in the Latino/a community. Stigma is a reality for people with HIV or AIDS and is a major cause for people not seeking testing so they can know their status. The church can play a major role in the eradication of stigma which would save lives.
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.
1. Promotion of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention through education, information, and communication. 2. Create AIDS resources to be used in local churches and/or annual conferences. 3. Support projects around the globe that prevent the spread of HIV, provide care to those living with AIDS and/or improve access to testing. 4. Increasing the capacity of communities to respond to HIV/AIDS and combat stigma.
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