One Step Closer To Ending AIDS
Bank of America has teamed up with RED® to help bring us one step closer to the first AIDS Free Generation in 30 years by providing HIV positive mothers with the antiretroviral drugs – or ARVs – that they need to deliver healthy, HIV free babies. This allows families to thrive, in turn creating stronger local communities and economies throughout the word.
Bank of America is committing another $10 million
So much to gain.
Even more to lose.
For the first time in history, we’ve reached a tipping point in the fight against AIDS. In 2013 alone, the total number of people who received HIV treatment surpassed those infected with the disease. But while significant progress has been made in some countries, others still have a very long way to go. Which is why we at Bank of America believe partnering with (RED) is so important. Because it not only brings the kind of money needed to make a difference but also brings the kind of attention required to create a lasting and global impact.
To learn even more about (RED)'s mission, visit red.org, link opens in a new window.
A Historic Opportunity.
In Bonos’s Words Transcript
Bono: Why are (RED) and U2 working together with Bank of America now?
Well, we're at a tipping point with this disease HIV AIDS— it's a historic opportunity to eliminate it in our lifetime.
When you can get a company with the reach and influence of Bank of America involved in the AIDS fight, that is a very exciting moment.
It's the kind of game changing influence actually that will not just deliver millions of dollars but also keep the heat on the issue as we work to eradicate HIV AIDS from the surface of this world.
Bank of America is big… it's everywhere. Impact at a local and national level.
But this is an opportunity to truly make an impact on a global level because a global problem needs a global company that has heart, the resources, the commitment to end the scourge of AIDS.
Bank of America is committing $10 million over the next two years to help us realize this amazing goal… dream. It was a dream at one point. Beginning of the end of AIDS. The end of the end of AIDS. That's a big deal. I thought you'd like to know that. And I am truly humbled to be the one to share this news with you. Thank you.
The Beginning of the End of AIDS.
How do we deliver the first AIDS Free Generation in over 30 years? It all begins with the elimination of HIV transmission between mother and child. In 2000, 1200 babies were born with HIV every day. Today, that number has been reduced by nearly two-thirds. We can get this number to zero.
Watch Connie’s Story Transcript
Connie: My name is Constance [middle name?] Mudenda, but a lot of people call me Connie. I've had three children before, and I lost all three children to HIV.
It got me thinking that maybe this is what they call AIDS, but I didn't have the courage to go for an HIV test. My husband at the time fell seriously sick. I had no option but to go for the test, and the report came out positive.
We had to buy the drugs from UTH. It was a bit tricky, because we needed food, we needed to pay for rent, and we needed to buy the drugs. Fortunately for us I heard about a new clinic that is opening where they were going to be offering free ARVs, and I was among the first people to be enrolled in that clinic.
I'm very faithful. If there's anything that I'm faithful to, it's my medication. Like they say, "Til death do us part." It's the same with ARVs.
You know, if my children had lived, I don't think I would have had the time to actually—I don't think I would have the time to give encouragement to anyone because I wouldn't have the experience, I wouldn't have the strength to give to a person, because I think my life would be comfortable. I'm an implementation and mobilization coordinator under the VCT project. In the VCT project we go out to the community, and test people in the comfort of their homes. I would be called up on to try and give encouragement to sick people and tell them that there's still life, they can still get back on their feet—giving hope to the hopeless.
I vowed that I would never fall pregnant again, because I didn't want to go through the pain of losing another child. Now with treatment, a positive mother can actually give birth to a negative baby. Right now I am 32 weeks pregnant. I can't wait to see this baby. I know this child is going to be negative. This child is going to live.
Fighting for an AIDS Free Generation.
Worldwide, AIDS-related deaths have declined by 51% from their 2004 peak. While that news is cause for hope, there are still roughly 37 million people globally living with HIV, including nearly 26 million in sub-Saharan Africa alone1.
With help from Bank of America’s $20 million commitment to the Global Fund through 2020, there’s no doubt we’ve made incredible progress in the fight to end AIDS. But there is still work to be done, including the work of Ndumiso Madubela, an International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Fellow at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, PhD Candidate, Researcher and Men’s Dialogue lead, who’s fighting for an AIDS Free Generation — one man at a time.
1UNAIDS, 2018 Factsheet (http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/fact-sheet).
One Step Closer To Ending AIDS.
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