Until No Child Has AIDS
My name is Florence Ngobeni-Allen. I am a mother. I am HIV-positive.
In 1997, I unknowingly passed HIV onto my first child, my daughter, Nomthunzi. We found out we had the virus when we both became ill. Nomthunzi passed away when she was only five months old.
This was back in 1997, and at that time, there was little a mother living in Africa could do to save her child from AIDS.
Because of Jewelers for Children’s support, soon there was hope for mothers like me. Services to prevent of mother-to-child transmission of HIV came to South Africa.
Finally we were able to give women the medications they needed to stay healthy and ensure they didn’t pass the virus onto their babies. I became one of those mothers, and am now the very proud mother of two energetic and HIV-free sons, Alex and Kulani.
So on behalf of mother and babies everywhere, I am very pleased to tell my story and to say thank you to JFC. Because of people like you, we will create a world where no child has AIDS.
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is the global leader in the fight to end AIDS in children. Since our founding more 26 years ago, great progress has been made. There has been a 95 percent decline in new HIV infections in children in the U.S., and a 58 percent decline in the number of new infections in children worldwide.
Still, children continue to be left behind when it comes to advances in medical research and access to lifesaving medicines. Every day, 600 babies worldwide are still infected with HIV because their families lack access to the health services they need to prevent transmission. Together, we can make that number zero.
EGPAF is helping mothers, communities, and nations end the threat of AIDS to children worldwide – and we will continue our critical work until no child has AIDS.
EGPAF sincerely thanks JFC for being among the partners who will put an end to AIDS in children, while improving health for women and families. Today, we are at the cusp of ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
With JFC’s support, an AIDS-free generation is not just a dream; we can make it a reality.