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Join the Global Fund's Born HIV Free Campaign

19. May 2010

    The 'Born HIV Free' campaign is being launched today at an event starring Carla Bruni-Sarkosy in Paris.

    This social media campaign is part of the replenishment process for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which will culminate in October 2010 with the announcement of international donors' financial contributions for 2011-2013. The Born HIV Free campaign adds to the calls for a fully funded Global Fund by emphasizing the Fund's crucial role in helping to prevent vertical or 'mother-to-child' transmission of HIV.

    1. Most children could be protected from being infected with HIV when in the womb, during pregnancy or through breastfeeding if their mothers had access to the proper prevention, care and treatment services. In 2008, some 430,000 children under 15 became infected with HIV - the vast majority through vertical transmission
    2. A fully funded Global Fund is a vital part of the international architecture that can help achieve Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, including for parents and their children

    As people of faith, we are compelled to ensure that each child born is free from disease or disadvantage because we believe that each individual is precious and endowed with an inherent dignity that demands our care and attention. This is all the more so when protection from HIV infection in the womb, during delivery or through breast-feeding is achievable if we are alert, diligent and committed.

    The EAA highlighted vertical transmission as part of its 2009 'Prescription for Life' campaign. The campaign saw hundreds of children asking pharmaceutical companies to do more to improve testing and treatment for infants and children living with HIV, including by improving access for all HIV-positive expectant mothers to antiretroviral medicines. During 2010, it continues to advocate for the prevention of vertical transmission, of which support for the Born HIV Free campaign is a part.

    What can you do?

    1. Join the Born HIV Free facebook page (www.facebook.com/bornhivfree) or become a follower on Twitter (www.twitter.com/bornhivfree). (The EAA has also recently launched a 'Live the Promise' facebook group, you can join this too by clicking: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=102222396491167)

    2. Raise awareness of the issues surrounding children and HIV by hosting the EAA's 'Prescription for Life' exhibition in your office, church or school. More information can be found at: http://www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/hivaids/accountability/prescription-for-life-help-children-living-with-hiv/

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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