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Pandemic: Facing AIDS
Mother-to-Child Transmission

Worldwide, 600,000 children are born every year with HIV. In India alone, 100,000 HIV-positive women give birth, and thirty percent of their children are infected. Simple, inexpensive solutions to this problem exist, but they must be funded. For example, a single dose of nevirapine given to mothers during labor and to infants immediately after birth costs only two dollars and lowers the risk of transmission by fifty percent. The World Health Organization estimates that over the next five years, 5 to 10 million children may contract HIV perinatally. For very little money, you can help prevent a generation of children from being born with HIV.

For related information about organizations working to limit mother-to-child transmission of HIV, visit the links below.

Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative
Texas Children's Hospital
Clinical Care Center
6621 Fannin, CCC1570.00
Houston, TX 77030

The Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative promotes health for all people through education, research, and public service by providing comprehensive medical and social services to HIV-infected and exposed infants and children, and by sustaining excellence in educating U.S. and foreign health professionals.

For more information, visit the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Web site, or donate online.

Mail donations to:

Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative
Texas Children's Hospital
Clinical Care Center
6621 Fannin, CCC1570.00
Houston, TX 77030


Children with AIDS Project
P.O. Box 23778
Tempe AZ 85285-3778
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Children with AIDS (CWA) offers information on Children Welfare Agency's programs for children with HIV/AIDS who require foster or adoptive homes, current CWA services, information, fundraising, and news.

For more information, visit the Children with AIDS Web site.


Children's Hope Foundation
11 Park Place
Suite 1203
New York, NY 10007
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Children's Hope Foundation is a volunteer driven organization working to improve the quality of life for children, youth and their families affected by HIV and AIDS by meeting their medical and social needs.

Working in partnership with medical facilities and community based organizations in the New York area, the Children's Hope Foundation responds with innovative and practical solutions to the unmet needs of communities hardest hit by AIDS.

For more information, visit the Children's Hope Foundation Web site.


Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
2950 31st Street, #125
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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The mission of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is to identify, fund and conduct critical pediatric research that will lead to better treatments and prevention of HIV infection in infants and children, to reduce and prevent HIV transmission from mother to child and to accelerate the discovery of new treatments for other serious and life-threatening pediatric diseases.

Through stimulating and catalyzing collaborative and focused scientific research, and by better understanding how diseases are interconnected, the Foundation improves the health and lives of children around the world.

The Foundation takes a leadership role in establishing a national pediatric research agenda, as well as promoting global education, awareness and compassion about HIV/AIDS in children.

For more information, visit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Web site.


Family Health International
HIV/AIDS Department
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22201
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Through its global reach, Family Health International is committed to helping women and men obtain access to safe, effective, and affordable family planning services and methods; to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); and to improving the health of women and children.

FHI operates in collaboration with a worldwide network of government agencies, research institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and private sector entities, and offers a broad spectrum of technical services ranging from clinical research to advising governments on national health policy. FHI contributes to significant advances in public health through research, training and information to improve family planning and reproductive health service delivery and HIV/AIDS and STD prevention and care programs.

For more information, visit the Family Health International Web site.


International Planned Parenthood Federation - Western Hemisphere Division
120 Wall Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10005
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The International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) was founded in 1954, and is one of six regions that comprise the IPPF/WHR Web site.


Mothers' Voices
165 West 46th Street, Suite 701
New York, NY 10036
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Mothers' Voices is a national non-profit organization that believes every child deserves a full and healthy life, free of HIV/AIDS. Mothers' Voices mobilizes parents and other concerned individuals to be educators and advocates dedicated to the prevention of HIV infection in all of our children.

While deaths from AIDS have decreased, the rate of HIV infection has not. Of the 40,000 new infections occurring yearly in the U.S., 50% are in young people under 25. And every person with HIV is some mother's daughter or son.

For more information, visit the Mothers' Voices Web site.


Pathfinder International
9 Galen St
Ste 217
Watertown, MA 02472
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Pathfinder International works to improve the reproductive health of women, men, and adolescents throughout the developing world. Pathfinder's approach to prevention of mother-to-child transmission includes interventions throughout the maternity cycle in both the facility and the community.

For more information, visit the Pathfinder International Web site.


UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS)
20, avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
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The global mission of UNAIDS is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to the AIDS epidemic that will:

  • prevent the spread of HIV
  • provide care and support for those infected and affected by the disease
  • reduce the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV/AIDS
  • alleviate the socioeconomic and human impact of the epidemic.

UNAIDS is a joint programme founded by the United Nations, sponsored by UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNESCO, WHO, the World Bank, and, UNDCP. Through UNAIDS, these organizations expand their outreach through strategic alliances with other United Nations agencies, national governments, corporations, media, religious organizations, community-based groups, regional and country networks of people living with HIV/AIDS, and other nongovernmental organizations.

The Secretariat of UNAIDS is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Current priority areas for the Secretariat include:

  • young people
  • highly vulnerable populations
  • prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission
  • developing and implementing community standards of AIDS care
  • vaccine development
  • special initiatives for hard-hit regions, including sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information, visit the UNAIDS Web site or the UN Foundation Web site, through which donations are facilitated.


Learn more about what doctors around the world are doing to share knowledge about HIV and AIDS.

International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care
IAPAC is an organization of physicians who are involved in the care of HIV-positive patients. Together, they share research and information about HIV/AIDS, and work to increase access to life-saving and life-extending drugs to children.

National Pediatric & Family HIV Resource Center
The National Pediatric & Family HIV Resource Center at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey is serves professionals who care for children, adolescents and families with HIV infection and AIDS. Founded in 1990, the Center offers education, consultation, technical assistance, and training for health and social service professionals.

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