Côte d’Ivoire: PACF moves to eradicate mother-to-child HIV transmission in Africa

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Positive Action for Children Fund (PACF) on Monday launched an appeal for 5 million Pounds sterling, with which to finance the community partnerships whose goal is to eradicate the mother-to-child HIV transmission in West and Central Africa in 2016.

In a communiqué, obtained here by PANA, the PACF director, Dominic Kemps, said the Fund will accept the candidatures of all organizations across the world to back the communities in need.  

"This year, we have particularly wished to establish new partnerships in francophone Africa. PACF is actively engaged in the change of behaviours at the basic community, and deploys many efforts to enable the beneficiaries of the aids to reach the biggest possible impact to eradicate the mother-to-child HIV transmission," he says.

The Non-Governmental Organizations which wish to be put up candidates must apply before 10 March. The first stage of the selective process is to submit a brief summary of the proposed initiative. The document will be reviewed at the meeting of PACF board of directors and if the application is approved, the organization should submit a complete proposal.

The selected organizations could also benefit from a technical assistance programme only available for small organizations. Thanks to that initiative, the organizations will be coupled with the most important organizations, in a bid to offer a coaching by experts of the sector, specialized in technical capacity building.

PACF is one of the ViiV Healthcare programmes, launched in 2009 with an investment forecast of 50 million Pound sterling over 10 years, to back the most vulnerable communities affected by HIV, by insisting particularly on the access to HIV services.

PACF has already invested more than 24 million Pounds to support families in communities affected by HIV through the granting of 150 aids in four continents.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the risk of transmission of the virus from mother living with HIV to child is at 15 to 40%.

However, efforts made in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, including those of PACF, the goal is to reduce that rate to 5%.

ViiV Healthcare is an international pharmaceutical enterprise specialized in HIV, set up in November 2009 by GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer to improve the treatment systems and improve the care-taking of people living with HIV.

Shionogi has become in October 2012 shareholder in ViiV Healthcare.

09 février 2015 14:48:11

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