Help keep kids HIV-free!
Healthy communities start with healthy children, which is why fighting and preventing disease in communities impacted by poverty matters. The HIV and AIDS epidemic in particular has upended the lives of children globally, especially in communities without adequate healthcare. Tens of millions of people have died, communities have faced funeral after funeral, and millions of children have been left behind.
When the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was started in 2003, it turned the tide on HIV and AIDS by providing resources for treatment and prevention. In the past 20 years, PEPFAR support has led to more than 5.5 million babies being born HIV-free to pregnant women with HIV. PEPFAR has also connected over 7.1 million orphans, vulnerable children, and their caregivers with critical care and support services, and its interventions have saved an estimated 25 million lives total.
We celebrate how PEPFAR supports children, and we dream of a future where all of them are free of this disease. But the fight isn’t over, and this critical work is at risk:
- 10 million people – nearly a quarter of those living with HIV – are still not able to access the antiretroviral therapy they need to survive and thrive.
- Only roughly half of HIV-positive children currently access treatment, which is especially disturbing because half of them will die before their second birthday if they remain untreated.
This month, Congress is holding hearings on PEPFAR’s reauthorization — will you take a minute today to send a pre-filled email to your leaders asking them to reauthorize PEPFAR?
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