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Christo Greyling
Martha Newsome
Adam Taylor







World Vision’s response

World Vision has been combating global HIV and AIDS for nearly two decades. The organization started its first HIV and AIDS programs among orphaned children in Uganda, children in Romania and young women caught in the sex trade in Thailand.

Today, World Vision has HIV and AIDS programs in some 60 nations. World Vision is working to reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS through innovative and compassionate care, prevention efforts and effective advocacy so that gains in agricultural development, education, health care and other areas are not lost by the ravages of HIV and AIDS.

AIDS experts

Christo Greyling
Christo Greyling, HIV/AIDS specialist

Martha Newsome
Martha Newsome, Director of Global Health

Stefan Germann
Stefan Germann, Director of Health Partnership


Experts are available for interviews



Care

Meeting basic needs — In communities hard-hit by HIV and AIDS, we help provide things such as clean water, nutritious food, health care, education, plus vocational training for older children and adults. In 2011, more than one million orphaned and vulnerable children and over 100,000 chronically ill adults received care and assistance through World Vision’s efforts.

Encouraging testing — HIV testing and counseling can help people learn to live with the disease and protect themselves and their children.

Home-based care — In partnership with local churches and community leaders, World Vision staff and volunteers personally visit vulnerable children and people living with HIV and AIDS.

Prevention

Prevention education — World Vision provides age-appropriate HIV education to children and teens, often through church youth groups that use drama and song to educate their peers about HIV and AIDS prevention. In 2011, nearly 528,000 children — many of them in sub-Saharan Africa — received age-appropriate HIV-prevention training.

Prevention of mother-to-child transmission — We teach mothers and fathers how to avoid transmitting HIV to unborn or nursing children and support them in accessing antiretroviral drugs.

Work with high-risk groups — World Vision programs reach sex workers, truck drivers and migrant workers to educate, provide counseling and care, and offer alternative income generating opportunities.

Advocacy

Influence policy — As a voice for children and families, we advocate for public policies that promote effective methods of HIV and AIDS prevention and care.

Mobilizing youth World Vision ACT:S is a network of students committed to exploring what our faith says about poverty and injustice; using creative activism to bring issues to life and change hearts on campus; and using our voices to advocate our government leaders to help end poverty, injustice, and human suffering.

Raise awareness — We seek to increase support for orphans and vulnerable children, families and adults affected by HIV and AIDS as well as share our expertise to benefit as many people as possible.
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