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No More AIDS Deaths

HIV medicines are now available for as little as $100 a year. Enlightened donors, NGOs and governments have made them available to over 16 million people living with HIV. These medicines not only save lives, they make people living with the virus up to 96% less infectious. So it turns out compassion for those who are sick has also been the best prevention plan. We fund programmes that expand affordable, quality medical treatment to reach those who urgently need help and are still waiting.

The Statistics

1.2m

number of AIDS related deaths last year 

42%

decrease in AIDS related deaths from 2004, when antiretroviral therapy began to be dramatically expanded

120k

number of adolescents that die each year from AIDS related illness

Our Response

It is hard to comprehend how many people in the 1980s died from AIDS with very little medical treatment. It was an epidemic that governments were underprepared for and scientists had little response to. Before HIV treatment was available, the only form of medical support provided for people with AIDS was home based, palliative care to offer a more comfortable journey towards death, to ease the pain from the symptoms of AIDS.

We were one of the first charities to fund home based care programmes during the devastating time of the early 90s and by the end of this period, we had directly provided home care for over one million people living with AIDS in the UK, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia.

Today with the advances in modern medicine, we are much closer to our end goal. We know we can help create an AIDS free future through the programmes that we fund – treatment programmes that are accessible and effective in reducing the numbers of people living with HIV/AIDS and above all that are affordable so that no one is denied access to medical treatment.

From improved diagnostic systems and wider use of mobile services in remote areas, to better flow of medicines and expertise. We fund work as far and wide as possible that helps expand and improve life saving treatment. By showing compassion to those still in need, we believe this disease can be stopped.

Our Progress

150k

people have accessed HIV treatment through programmes we've funded.

4.5k

more patients linked to treatment programmes in 2015 because of our support

18.4m

life years gained by providing antiretroviral therapy since 1996

Case Study

PROVIDING A LIFELINE FOR PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS IN TANZANIA

PROVIDING A LIFELINE FOR PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS IN TANZANIA

It is estimated that 13% (1.7 million) of all people who inject drugs around the world are living with HIV. Thanks to global prevention efforts and increased availability of treatment, many countries are now seeing a decline in new HIV infections. However for people who inject drugs, a combination of stigma, criminalization, and poor services and under investment means that this population is being severely left behind in the global HIV response.

15,000

people who use drugs with access to lifesaving harm reduction services

In 2014, the Elton John AIDS Foundation partnered with Doctors of the World to address a growing, but highly neglected issue: the lack of HIV and harm reduction services for people who use drugs in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Based on a successful pilot, this highly innovative programme – which has also involved local religious leaders and police – represents the first intervention of its kind in Tanzania and just one of a handful of programmes in Africa which provides people who inject drugs with essential HIV prevention and treatment services.

Rahema – who is HIV positive and a former drug user – benefited from training sessions in harm reduction and sexual health and is now a HIV counselor on the programme herself.

She says “The virus is still hiding. I have changed physically, of course, but I know that I shouldn’t stop taking my antiretrovirals.”

The programme has provided harm reduction services (such as clean injection materials and substitution therapy) to 15,000 people, and has enabled 4,000 individuals to test for HIV. Because of the success of the programme in demonstrating that HIV and harm reduction services can be provided in a non-judgmental and non-abstinence based way, the Tanzanian government now recognizes the need for clearer guidelines for people who use drugs in national HIV strategies.

Photo Credit – Mia Collis

Our Goals

AIDS is the most devastating modern day disease. Our vision today, along with thousands around the world, is to create an AIDS free future through science, support and most of all compassion.

No More Discrimination

Stigma is still HIV's most deadly symptom. We have cheap, easy ways to test for HIV, and ever more effective drugs to treat the HIV virus. We cannot use them if people living with or very vulnerable to HIV are shunned, hidden, or denied their human rights. Compassion cures discrimination. It needs no special training or qualifications, just a belief that all people deserve the chance to protect themselves and others. Without compassion, we cannot create an AIDS free future.

No More HIV infections

We fund a huge range of projects - from mobile testing units at football matches to sending SMS text reminders to pregnant women. They all make HIV testing easy, affordable, reliable and above all are offered to everyone without judgement or discrimination. It's essential that HIV testing is a routine part of public health. The work we fund is always linked to national systems, and we lobby governments ensure the structures are in place to maintain and expand them.

No More AIDS Deaths

HIV medicines are now available for as little as $100 a year. Enlightened donors, NGOs and governments have made them available to over 16 million people living with HIV. These medicines not only save lives, they make people living with the virus up to 96% less infectious. So it turns out compassion for those who are sick has also been the best prevention plan. We fund programmes that expand affordable, quality medical treatment to reach those who urgently need help and are still waiting.

Ways you can help

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation we believe that AIDS can be beaten. Our goal is to create an AIDS free future for everybody in this world. With enough support, love and creativity, we know this is possible.