amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research
amfAR, an organization founded by Elizabeth Taylor and Dr. Mathilde Krim, is one of the largest international non-profit organizations focused on HIV prevention, AIDS research, treatment, education, and the advocacy of AIDS-related public policy. The partnership between LIFE+ and amfAR began in 2005 when its project TREAT Asia was the inaugural recipient the ‘Life Ball Crystal of Hope Award’.
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.
Sentebale is a charity founded in 2006 by Prince Harry of Wales and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to address the pediatric HIV/AIDS epidemic in Lesotho and Botswana. The goal of the organization is to help the most vulnerable children and young people in both regions – the victims of the HIV epidemic and extreme poverty. The name ‘Sentebale’ comes from the Sesotho language, meaning “forget me not“ and was chosen “as a memorial to the charity work of our own mothers, as well as a reminder to us all not to forget Lesotho or its children” (Prince Harry).
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 improving 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. In order to address this and the wide-spread HIV epidemic, DFFAF has created the HIV Prevention Program that includes a vocational school for phlebotomy in Aleltu, Ethiopia, where youth can receive training and subsequently provide vital HIV testing services to their community.
I Want PrEP Now & Prepster
In 2015, Greg Owen launched the IWantPrEPNow website to fill the gap and provide all the necessary information about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). That same year Dr. Will Nutland created PrEPster, a website aimed at educating and agitating for PrEP access in England and beyond. The following year, there was a 40% decrease in new HIV infections among gay men in London largely due to thousands of people buying preventative medication, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Through their comprehensive platforms about PrEP and new partnership, the joint efforts of IWantPrEPNow and PrEPster have significantly contributed to the surge in PrEP usage and subsequently, the dramatic reduction of new HIV diagnoses in the United Kingdom over the last year; progress that is sure to continue thanks to their invaluable work.