WHY PEDIATRIC AIDS?
Children at risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV are extremely vulnerable in utero, during childbirth and when breastfeeding. Without treatment, the chance of an HIV+ mother infecting her child can be up to 45%. Today, with the help of antiretroviral medications and proper care during childbirth, doctors are able to reduce the chance of mother-to-child transmission to less than 2%.
Pediatric HIV/AIDS is a unique facet of the AIDS pandemic because it is highly preventable. In 1988, nearly 2,000 children were infected with HIV every day. While progress has been made, due to a lack of resources, over 400 children continue to be infected every day. By educating the community, raising capital and combatting the stigma surrounding the virus, PAC is taking an active role in the solution. Together, let’s make an imPACt!
MEET OUR BENEFICIARIES
PRIMARY BENEFICIARY: ELIZABETH GLASER PEDIATRIC AIDS FOUNDATION
EGPAF seeks to prevent and ultimately eliminate pediatric AIDS through innovative research, collaborative training initiatives, and global advocacy. Since its inception in 1988, EGPAF has been the international leader in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV-transmission. 70% of PAC’s funds will go toward implementation of PMTCT care programs and providing ARV regimens for those infected.
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SECONDARY BENEFICIARY: UCLA AIDS INSTITUTE
Following the discovery of AIDS at UCLA in 1981, the UCLA AIDS Institute was established in 1992, to provide a unique, multidisciplinary think-tank of over 200 of the world’s top researchers who are assailing HIV from a dozen different disciplines and directions. The Institute is a global leader in research aiming to develop a safe and effective HIV vaccine, and is actively researching gene therapy as a potential cure for HIV infection. 15% of PAC’s funds will go to the UCLA AIDS Institute, funding two seed grants per year.
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SECONDARY BENEFICIARY: THE LAUREL FOUNDATION
For 25 years, the Laurel Foundation has served children and youth affected by HIV and AIDS through year-round education and camp programs. Laurel empowers children affected by HIV/AIDS from across California to embrace who they are, build successful lives and educate their peers on HIV and transgender issues. 14% of PAC’s funds will go to the Laurel Foundation’s educational and supportive summer camp programs.
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PAC’S DIRECT SERVICE
PAC Direct Service provides support to local affected/infected kids in the Los Angeles Area by putting on mentorships, community-building events, and a Life Skills Retreat.
See PAC’s Direct Service Programming at work