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ViiV Healthcare: Positive Action for Children Fund

Active Since: 2009

Contributing to SDGs…

Working with our partners to support the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV services around the globe.

MEMBER COMPANIES

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

  • Academia or research institute

    Baylor College of Medicine

  • Local NGOs

    Children's Foundation Malawi

    Baynards Zambia Trust

    Center for Development and Capacity Building

    Interated Community Development Initiative (ICODI)

    Island Hospice & Healthcare

    Lusa Program

    World Vision Kenya

    Egyptian Youth Association for Health Development

    Kabangwe Creative Initiative Association

    National Association for People living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi

    SOTENI Kenya

  • Pharma (Non-IPFMA Member)

    ViiV Healthcare

  • Generic manufacturers

    ViiV Healthcare

Objectives

  • To support the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV services around the globe.

ViiV Healthcare is a global specialist HIV company established in November 2009 by GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) dedicated to delivering advances in treatment and care for people living with HIV and for people who are at risk of becoming infected with HIV. Shionogi joined in October 2012. The company’s aim is to take a deeper and broader interest in HIV/AIDS than any company has done before and take a new approach to deliver effective and innovative medicines for HIV treatment and prevention, as well as support communities affected by HIV.

AIDS has become a leading cause of illness and death among women of reproductive age in countries with a high burden of HIV infection. Infants born to women living with HIV can become infected during pregnancy, labour and delivery or later through breastfeeding. More than 1400 children under 15 years of age become infected with HIV every day, most through mother-to-child transmission. Children account for more than 10% of all new HIV infections. Although mother-to-child transmission has been virtually eradicated in the developed world, the roll out of comprehensive programs for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) still falls short of its target of universal access.

The Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF) is an integral part of ViiV Healthcare’s commitment to communities affected by HIV and AIDS. PACF’s efforts align to ‘Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free’, the super-fast-track framework for ending AIDS in children, adolescents and young women by 2020. Within this framework, PACF prioritises ‘Start Free’ with the aim of reducing the number of newly-infected children and sustaining lifelong HIV treatment for pregnant mothers. PACF also aims to alleviate the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and children’s health by supporting interventions that engage affected communities, developing their capacity to participate and lead.

The PACF currently provides grants to support diverse programs globally and offers a Technical Assistance program through our partners to support smaller community organisations. Through the fund, these organisations can continue to support affected communities and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and their families. The hope is to ensure that those communities deliver sustainable projects that reach individuals at risk from or coping with HIV infection.

In 2009, ViiV Healthcare committed £50 million in the PACF over ten years. Since then, PACF has invested at least £34.3 million in more than 260 partnerships. PACF supports organisations across four continents, with special attention given to countries with the greatest need for PMTCT interventions including Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, Burundi, Tanzania and Kenya.

The PACF announced its first grants in June 2010.The program targets funding towards projects that deliver in one or more of these areas:

  • Pursuing community engagement, participation and leadership
  • Using patient focused and family-centered approaches
  • Achieving integration between HIV services, and between HIV and sexual and reproductive health (S&RH) services
  • Generating demand for S&RH and PMTCT services
  • Using an evidence-base and delivering evidence-generation
  • Supporting or delivering advocacy
  • Strengthening grass roots action and organisations

 

The PACF is for community programming, so encourages applications for interventions devised with, and involving, affected communities themselves.

PACF projects range across all four elements of the World Health Organization’s PMTCT strategy, as set out below:

Primary prevention
Sexually active people, in particular the young generation, need access to sex education, sexual health services and primary HIV prevention: projects that successfully deliver these can contribute to reducing the numbers of HIV+ parents in successive generations.

Reproductive choice for people living with HIV
People living with HIV should be able to enjoy sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing; as well as make informed choices about the timing and number of children: projects need to take a rights-based approach that can enhance mainstream services as well as targeting interventions that deliver the equitable treatment of people living with HIV.

PMTCT interventions
Mothers living with HIV need to be helped to prevent their babies becoming infected, by the use of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and appropriate breastfeeding regimes: projects need to explore the implications of the latest guidance and research for implementation in this area.

Children and families
Infants, children and adolescents in families affected by HIV, both infected and uninfected, have a variety of needs: projects can impact on early testing and treatment, how young people cope with their status and treatment requirements, the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and the health and welfare of children and young people whose families and opportunities have been affected by HIV.

SDGs THE PARTNERSHIP CONTRIBUTES TO

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

  1. 3.1: Reduce Maternal Mortality
  2. 3.2: Reduce Under-5 Mortality 
  3. 3.3: Communicable Diseases & NTDs
  4. 3.7: Access to sexual and reproductive health-care services 

SDG 5: Gender Equality

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals 

RESULTS & MILESTONES

  • In 2009, ViiV Healthcare committed £50 million in the PACF over ten years. Since then, PACF has invested at least £34.3 million in more than 260 partnerships.
  • In 2010, PACF awarded £3.6m in grants to support 12 projects.
  • In 2011, PACF awarded awarded £1 million to 82 projects in 21 countries and in October approximately £3.9 million to 16 organisations.
  • In 2012, PACF awarded £3.9 million to 99 organisations in 26 countries, which included 84 renewed grants plus an additional 15 new grants.
  • In 2013, PACF awarded £3.4 million to 17 projects in 12 countries. Sixteen of the recipients were new grantees, and one was a current grantee who received renewed funding.
  • In 2014 PACF launched a video contest called “Every Footstep Counts” in order to raise awareness about the fight to end mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The contest encouraged organisations around the world working on PMTCT to submit videos telling their story. In addition to receiveing an unrestricted grant of $10,000, winners were also given the opportunity to attend the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia (20-25 July 2014) to present their video in the Global Village. In 2014, PACF also announced 103 grants for 2015 totalling £5 million.
  • In 2015, PACF announced 34 community-based organisations from 16 countries would receive funding in 2015/16.
  • In 2016, PACF announced 35 grants to community-based organisations from 14 countries. Coupled with 6 extensions approved earlier in 2016 and – 4 Collaborathon awards approved at the International Aids Conference (IAC), PACF established a total of 44 new partnerships with grassroots organisations in 2016.