December 1 is World AIDS Day, a day to celebrate the world’s progress on fighting the AIDS epidemic, and call to all of us to keep going until we get to zero new HIV infections.
Get the Facts
In 2013, there were approximately 35 million people living with HIV. Since the start of the epidemic, around 78 million people have become infected with the virus and about 39 million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses. Learn more from UN AIDS and how they are fighting this battle.
Violet Mbewe was just 21 years old when she and her husband both tested positive for HIV. At that time, HIV was seen as a death sentence in Malawi where she lives, and she wasn’t told at the clinic how to manage her virus and stay healthy. When she gave birth two years later, she struggled to get information on how to protect her baby from the infection. She was so scared, until she was told about mothers2mothers and was hired as a Mentor Mother. Violet now runs a site in Malawi and shares what she has learned through mothers2mothers with other women who are as scared as she was.
We can close the gap
The HIV AIDS community is working hard to reduce the levels of new HIV infections. Our partners Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and mothers2mothers are especially focused on helping mothers to avoid transmitting the virus to their babies.
Take Action Challenge
Donate today to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and your donation will be matched for Cyber Monday. You can also do some holiday shopping to help children with HIV. We call that a bargain!
mothers2mothers are part of a fundraising challenge supported by the Skoll Foundation with matching funds and prizes available for participating organizations. So far they’ve raised over $100,000 to help mothers keep their babies safe from HIV. Join them here.