Viiv Healthcare, global pharmaceutical company, through its Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF), has recently announced that 34 new community-based organizations from 16 countries will receive funding to support local responses which would help eliminate mother to child transmission (eMTCT) of HIV in affected communities across Sub-Saharan Africa.
This was disclosed at the PACF Summit which coincided with the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), aimed to promote women and girls’ access to education and health services, testing infants early for HIV and improving retention of mothers in local HIV services. Dr. Dominique Limed, CEO, ViiV Healthcare said “For the past five years, our Positive Action for Children Fund has supported projects that drive real change for women and children in communities most affected by HIV. Since ViiV Healthcare was first established, we have taken a meaningful approach to partnering with grass-roots organizations to deliver interventions that have made a difference to communities where the need is greatest.”
The Programme has reached around 1.6 million people in communities most affected by HIV directly. The company also issued a new call for proposals seeking community partnerships that are aligned with eMTCT , to support the continued delivery of crucial services to improve the wellbeing of women and children affected by HIV.