LIFE+ is the association that organizes the Life Ball. The umbrella brand promotes education, information, the development of social and health policies, as well as acceptance and openness when it comes to HIV/AIDS. Each year, the goals and activities of LIFE+ are bundled, in order to focus on a clear main campaign, which then supports all events and measures in terms of content.

The first one of these campaigns is KNOW YOUR STATUS. The goal of the campaign is to make knowing one’s immune status as natural as knowing one’s blood type. As mobile testing stations of AIDS Hilfe and expansive advertising campaign raise awareness for this cause, international organizations use their specific experience to support those affected by the virus.

From the very beginning, Life Ball has proven to be an innovative and effective tool to encourage the public, the government, and the international community to think about HIV/AIDS, to in turn raise awareness, reduce stigma, and, ultimately, change the world. Furthermore, within the last 25 years, LIFE+ started cooperating with important international organizations from Africa, Asia, and Europe, in order to support the needs of people and communities living with HIV/AIDS. In 2017, LIFE+ is planning to further expand the last decade’s successes and reinforce its activities in Austria, as well as increase the extent and dimension of its international reach.

In 2017, LIFE+ has cooperated closely with the following international organizations (in alphabetical order):

Supported Organisation

amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research

amfAR is one of the biggest non-profit organizations in the world and focuses on AIDS prevention, AIDS research, and training of specialized personnel for the fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as on direct care for patients. In 2005, AIDS LIFE partnered up with amfAR for the first time, an organization founded by Elizabeth Taylor and Dr. Mathilde Krim. www.amfar.org

Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)

The Elton John AIDS Foundation was founded in 1992 by Sir Elton John and originally had its headquarters in New York. The organization’s goal is to reduce HIV/AIDS through innovative prevention programs, fight stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV/ AIDS as well as direct help and medical, psychological, and legal support for people affected. www.ejaf.org

Sentebale

Sentebale is a charity from southern Africa that was founded in 2006 by Prince Harry of Wales and Prinz Seeiso of the Lesotho Royal Family. Its goal is to help the most vulnerable people in Lesotho – the children that are victims of the HIV epidemic and extreme poverty in the country. The name „Sentebale“ comes from the Sesotho language and means „forget me not“ – three words that can change lives. The focus of the support for Sentebale is on the „Sentebale Youth Clubs“. www.sentebale.org

Dream For Future Africa Foundation

Founded by Gelila Assefa Puck in 2010, Dream For Future Africa Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunity and equity for those most in need in Africa.  The foundation’s primary focus is the economic sustainability of African families whose children are too often thrust into the working world without the appropriate training and skill-set to rise in the world, thus creating a middle class for Africa. www.dffaf.org

I Want PrEP Now

With iwantPrEPnow.co.uk, Greg Owen created a comprehensive platform for all information about PrEP, which has been reducing the number of new HIV/AIDS infections in Great Britain for some time now. PrEP means Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it is used as a preventive anti-HIV medication that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected.

Allocation

The Board of Directors is responsible for allocating the available funds to selected projects and organizations in the field of HIV/AIDS in Austria and internationally. Applications for financial support are examined thoroughly before grants are approved; and experts in the field are closely involved in the evaluation and selection process.

Donation seal of quality

LIFE+ carries the seal of quality for donations, which ensures correct financial conduct as well as proper internal monitoring.

Application

LIFE+ supports national and international non-profit organisations that provide support to HIV-positive and AIDS patients. The focus lies on direct aid (financial support, benefits and social services), medical home care and social inclusion of those living with HIV/AIDS.

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People living with HIV/AIDS worldwide

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New cases diagnosed in Austria everyday

BOARD

Gery Keszler
(Chair)

Dr. Brigitte Schmied
(Vice Chair)

Mag. Gabriele Hecht
(Treasurer)

Dr. Stefan Wurst
(Vice Treasurer)

Mag. (FH) Thomas Grubbauer
(Secretary)

Doris Pommerening
(Vice Secretary)

ADVISORY BOARD

Mag. Dr. Eveline Steinberger-Kern
(The Blue Minds Company)

Rudi Kobza
(Kobza Media Group)

Mag. Corinna Tinkler
(former REWE Group)

Robert Leingruber
(SIGNA Holding)

Heinz-Rudolf Miko
(European Commission)

Mag. Martin Ohneberg
(Federation of Austrian Industries)

Norbert Kettner
(The Vienna Tourist Board)

CONTACT

Verein LIFE+
Verein zur direkten Unterstützung von HIV-Positiven und
an AIDS erkrankten Menschen

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c/o Life Ball
lifeball@lifeball.org

Werdertorgasse 1
1010 Wien

Tel. +43-1-595 56 00
Fax +43-1-595 56 77

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