OUR IMPACT AREAS — (RED)
 

(RED)-FUNDED GRANTS SUPPORT A RANGE OF HIV/AIDS PROGRAMS

 

 
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LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW (RED) IS MAKING AN IMPACT IN AFRICA

IT TAKES MORE THAN MEDICATION TO END AIDS

Medication is a key piece of winning this fight, but it’s not the only piece. (RED)-funded grants support a diverse range of life-saving HIV/AIDS programs, including prevention, testing, counseling, and treatment services, sexual reproductive health education, peer mentorship programs and much more.

 
 
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HIV Prevention

HIV prevention has come a long way with advancements in science, technology and innovative solutions. Several methods and interventions have proved highly effective in reducing the risk and preventing HIV infection including condoms, the use of antiretroviral medicines as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), voluntary male medical circumcision (VMMC), behavior change interventions, scaling up sexual reproductive health education, and the treatment of people living with HIV to reduce viral load and prevent onward transmission. However, despite these successes, there are still nearly 1.7 million new infections annually of a preventable disease. In order to end the epidemic, the world needs to apply increased funding and focus towards HIV prevention programs.

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Testing & Treatment

In order to be treated for HIV, you need to know you have it. A key driver to ending the AIDS epidemic is ensuring that all HIV-positive people know their status and have access to treatment services. Today, 79% of all people living with HIV know their status, and 62% of people living with HIV worldwide have access to treatment. If properly adhered to. ARV treatment, which costs as little as 20 cents a day, not only keeps an HIV-positive person alive and healthy, but also reduces the risk of transmission. There’s been incredible progress in scaling up access to testing and treatment services and as a result, AIDS-related deaths have halved since their peak in 2004, and new infections among children have declined by nearly two thirds since 2000.

 
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PREVENTION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION

Ending mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV is a crucial piece to ending AIDS as an epidemic by 2030. Worldwide, 82% of HIV-positive pregnant women are receiving antiretroviral treatment for the prevention of MTCT, an increase of more than 90% since 2010. Still, efforts to prevent MTCT must scale up to ensure that expectant and breastfeeding mothers are tested for HIV and that those living with HIV adhere to treatment. Of the 230,000 HIV+ women who still aren’t accessing treatment to prevent MTCT, over 90% of these women are in sub-Saharan Africa.

 
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Education & Empowerment

Only 1 in 3 young people has accurate knowledge about HIV prevention and transmission. As a result, an adolescent is infected with HIV roughly every 3 minutes. While a lack of education is a real challenge, stigma and discrimination also undermine access to basic public health services. With increased awareness and better access to education programs in at risk communities, young people are becoming a driving force behind achieving an AIDS free generation by 2030.

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WomEn & girls

Women and girls are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. Women account for 18.8 million of the global HIV+ population, and young women are 60% more likely than young men to contract HIV. Poverty, traditional gender norms, and insufficient access to education and sexual and reproductive health services leave women and girls much more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS than their male counterparts. An alarming 7 in 10 young women in sub-Saharan Africa do not have comprehensive knowledge about HIV. (RED) funded Global Fund grants provide support for a whole range of solutions, from safe spaces that empower girls to job training and education.