THE POWER TOhelp end AIDS
Since the launch of our partnership with (RED) in January 2014, Bank of America committed $35 million to the Global Fund by 2025 to help fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. There has been tremendous progress, but there is still much more work to do.
“Our work with (RED) and the Global Fund is another example of how we are partnering to help address some of society’s biggest issues ― including global health, climate change, affordable housing and access to clean water and sanitation,” said Vice Chairman Anne Finucane.
The money raised by (RED) is used to finance Global Fund grants that fight HIV/AIDS in eight African countries ― Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. Those funds provide treatment, testing, and prevention and care services, with a focus on ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV and achieving an AIDS-free generation.
Bank of America committed another $15 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.
A Closer Look.
A Closer Look Video Transcript.
ART CARD: THE POWER TO help end AIDS
CONSTANCE MUDENDA: Zambia is a very beautiful country. Zambia is my home.
DR. KALOTA SEITH: Zambia, like any other country in Africa, has got a lot of challenges. One of them is the scourge of HIV and AIDS. We’re treating every pregnant woman, we’re giving them antiretroviral therapy to prevent the transmission to their children.
JENNIFER LOTITO: So we’re here outside of Lusaka today seeing the actual impact of the money that’s been generated by Bank of America through (RED) and the work that’s here on the ground through the Global Fund.
CONSTANCE MUDENDA: I lost three children to HIV. That time, there was nothing that could be done, there were no interventions. When I lost the last child, people started talking. They would say that I would be the next one to die. There was a lot of stigma then. So that’s how I actually went for the test, and found out that I was HIV positive. In October of the same year, on my birthday, I started taking my ARVs. I have been on the same medication for the past ten years.
CLARE NTINDA: Free medication means life. I’m beginning to think that at one time, probably, we’ll be HIV-free.
CONSTANCE MUDENDA: When the free medications came on board, people started going to the clinic.
MOIRA NG’ANDU: [subtitles] I learned that I was HIV positive in 2006 even before I had children. Immediately, I started following the instruction and following everything that they were telling me, and started my medication.
CONSTANCE MUDENDA: When I decided that I’m going to have a child, I knew that there are chances that I might pass on HIV to her. When they gave me the results, they told me that she was negative. I cried all the way, you know just holding a paper in my hand.
DR. KALOTA SEITH: I think with the percentages of mother-to-child transmission going down, we are able to reach a HIV-free generation.
DONALD MHWUBWA: It is something that we never dreamed before and it’s happening.
RANKIN: The fact that it is being fought is important, but it’s also important to remember it’s not been won yet so we’re not there, it’s like it needs that final push.
JENNIFER LOTITO: This is an important fight, and it’s one that we’re going to do together.
RANKIN: This is actually what an AIDS Free Generation looks like.
ART CARD: Because of life-saving medicine that costs just 20 cents a day, mothers with HIV are living healthy lives and giving birth to healthy, HIV-free babies.
ART CARD: An AIDS Free Generation is within our grasp.
ART CARD: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE THE POWER TO DO?
ART CARD: [Bank of America/RED logo lock-up] Learn more at bankofamerica.com/RED
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Journey behind the scenes with our film crew as they interview and photograph some of the amazing people of Zambia.
Connie has educated and inspired people living with HIV to seek treatment & support. Read her story and watch her and her daughter celebrate an important milestone.
Fighting for an AIDS Free Generation.
Worldwide, AIDS-related deaths have declined by 60% since their peak in 2003. While that news is cause for hope, there are still 38 million people globally living with HIV, including nearly 26 million in sub-Saharan Africa alone1.
1UNAIDS, 2019 Factsheet (http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/fact-sheet).
There is still work to be done, including the work of Ndumiso Madubela, a Socio-Behavioral Scientist at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, PhD Candidate with the University of Cape Town, and Men’s Dialogue lead, who’s fighting for an AIDS Free Generation — one man at a time.