Abbott Fund Program for Supporting Children Affected by AIDS
The Abbott Fund is partnering with several organizations to expand access to health care for mothers and children affected by HIV/AIDS in developing countries. Since 2001, more than 1 million children and adults have received services in Burkina Faso, India, Kenya, Malawi, Romania, Tanzania and Uganda. The Abbott Fund supported the Baylor College of Medicine in establishing a pediatric HIV/AIDS treatment program in Romania that reduced the death rate for children with HIV in the program by more than 90%. The Abbott Fund is now supporting Baylor's efforts to replicate this model across Africa, including opening the first pediatric treatment center in Malawi and building Tanzania's first pediatric treatment center. Baylor and the Abbott Fund also partnered to establish the Baylor Children's Clinical Centers of Excellence Network to train health professionals who together treat 30,000 children - the largest number of children with HIV in any treatment program worldwide. The Abbott Fund is working with Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) to help prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission in 100 health facilities in Kenya. Through the partnership, testing, care and treatment will be provided to pregnant women and exposed infants. The Abbott Fund-Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) partnership in Tanzania and Uganda is working to accelerate enrollment of HIV-infected children into care and treatment programs, and to train and support health care workers. The Abbott Fund and Family Health International (FHI) partnered in Tanzania and Malawi to reduce mother-to-child HIV transmission and expand access to HIV care and treatment for children. In Kenya, the Abbott Fund works with the Academic Model for Providing Access To Healthcare, or AMPATH (also known as the Indiana University-Moi University, Kenya Partnership) to prevent HIV infections through testing and counseling (primarily home-based), education and treatment. Abbott Fund is working with Partners In Health in Malawi to scale up and improve pediatric HIV services and support construction of a new 40-bed hospital.