The Simms are a couple approaching retirement age with two grown children. Mrs. Simms served in the Peace Corps in Uganda in her youth, and has maintained connections to the country and a strong interest in its development.
The couple is highly concerned about the fact that AIDS is still a leading cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa, and that the number of newly infected people in the region outnumber those who gain access by 2 to 1. They are not interested in giving to finding a vaccine, as they believe there is plenty of money going into that project already.
Instead, the Simms would like to support a program or programs that are viewed as effective and “not moralizing”, and that are rooted in a respect for local culture and knowledge. They would also like to understand the context of AIDS prevention NGO work in the region.
According to UNAIDS, Sub Saharan Africa accounts for 70% of the world’s total new HIV infections.
According to UNAIDS, in 2013, there were 24.7 million people living with HIV in Sub Saharan Africa. The region accounts for 70% of the world’s total new HIV infections. While in recent years there has been tremendous progress in both treating those infected with HIV and preventing future transmissions, the epidemic continues to plague millions around the world. The countries in Sub Saharan Africa are home to by far the most people living with HIV. These communities are continually held back by the economic damage and human suffering brought by HIV/AIDS. Because the virus primarily affects people of working and caregiving age, the economic impact of HIV is especially devastating, leaving communities a weakened workforce as well as vulnerable, orphaned children. HIV/AIDS is spread primarily through unprotected sexual contact, although the disease can also spread from an infected mother to her baby or through the use of infected needles. Since HIV came onto the scene in the 1980’s, there have been many efforts to stop the spread of the virus. Here are some of the most popular prevention initiatives.
Given the clients’ giving interests and the current needs for HIV prevention, I’d suggest thinking about giving to the following initiatives:
Mothers2Mothers has found that the women Mentor Mothers serve are more likely to take antiretroviral drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Furthermore, the infants of mothers in the Mothers2Mothers program are more likely to receive ARVs than those infants whose mothers are not in the program.
The Ugandan-based nonprofit, Raising Voices (very kindly suggested to me by Dr. Helen Epstein herself), works on reducing intimate partner violence, and recently conducted a controlled trial of a program that not only reduced partner violence, but also reduced sexual concurrency.