The Global Health HIV program’s top priorities are to challenge stigma and eradicate Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV around the world in line with UNAIDS and WHO policy. The Global Health Unit addresses the HIV/AIDS pandemic in two ways:
• Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of the virus in projects around the world in partnership with the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund . Established in 2004, UMGAF’s purpose is to stem the tide of HIV and AIDS around the world, by strengthening The United Methodist Church’s compassionate response to this deadly pandemic. The focus is to outreach to women, especially pregnant women.
• Education and testing, support and improved access to services in the United States: Our US HIV projects promote the prevention of HIV and also provide support to those infected or affected by HIV. Support includes psychosocial care, access to health and social services, and increasing the sense of belonging.
• Gifts to this program via Advance #982345 can make a big difference.
Our funds support projects designed to reach the most at risk populations of teenage girls and young women, sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, injecting drug users, prisoners, and migrants globally. These groups are unlikely to live in settings that address stigma and discrimination, and violence against women. They are also less likely to know they are infected (The UNAIDS–Lancet Commission. Defeating AIDS—advancing global health. Lancet 2015) and have limited access to counseling, testing and treatment services.