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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.
amfAR - The Foundation for AIDS Research
AmfAR is one of the world’s biggest non-profit organizations and deals with AIDS prevention, AIDS research and the training of medical personnel in the fight against HIV and AIDS as well as how to directly help HIV infected patients. AmfAR also advocates the implementation of reasonable AIDS policy.
Since its inception in 1985, amfAR has invested more than $450 million in its programs to end the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research – and has awarded grants to more than 3,300 research teams worldwide.
amfAR & LIFE+
The partnership between LIFE+ and amfAR began in 2005, when the organization, founded by Liz Tayler and Dr. Mathilde Krim, and its project TREAT Asia was the first recipient of the “Life Ball Crystal of Hope Award”. TREAT Asia is a network of medical facilities in Southeast Asia that ensures the medical treatment of patients infected with HIV or suffering from AIDS. Due to the lack of qualified doctors in this area, one of the main goals is the medical and social training of specialized staff and those affected by HIV and AIDS. The collaboration with amfAR marked an important step in the development of LIFE+ and its fight against HIV and AIDS, since the direct help could be extended to important research.
With the support of LIFE+ in 2006, amfAR developed an expansion of the TREAT Asia project with the TREAT Asia Pediatric HIV/AIDS Network. Ever since, LIFE+ has supported this project with roughly EUR 500,000 eachyear.
The most important concerns in building the network “children with HIV/AIDS” are:
- The establishment of secure standards for the treatment of kids
- The exchange of know-how between clinics and research institutes
- The education of doctors for the treatment of infants and children
- The collection and analysis of patient data in order to standardize therapies and dosage of medication for children
TREAT Asia is a network of clinics, hospitals, and research institutions working with civil society to ensure the safe and effective delivery of HIV/AIDS treatment throughout Asia and the Pacific. Facilitated by amfAR, TREAT Asia seeks to strengthen HIV/AIDS care, treatment, and management skills among health care professionals through education and training programs developed by experts in the region.
Complex treatment of HIV-positive children
The challenges in the HIV treatment of children are particularly complex: they need a different dosage, must cope with the various side effects of the medication, and are not immune to discrimination and social exclusion. This is why in 2005 amfAR developed an extension of the TREAT Asia project: the TREAT Asia Pediatric HIV/AIDS Network. It was created in order to establish a regional association of pediatric HIV clinicians, researchers, and orphan advocates and to establish a pediatric HIV observational database for epidemiologic research. As of 2016, over 5,000 children are already saved in through this database
Research for the benefit of HIV-positive children worldwide
Consisting of 22 clinics or programs that operate on the front lines of pediatric AIDS treatment and research in Asia, the TREAT Asia pediatric network involves sites in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Since it was formally launched in November 2006, the TREAT Asia Pediatric HIV/AIDS Initiative has developed into one of the most dynamic and effective regional resources to evaluate and address the treatment needs of children living with HIV.
The impact and benefits of TREAT Asia’s pediatric program is also generating knowledge that is helpful for advancing treatment for HIV-positive children across the world. With a financial support of half a million Euros per year since 2006, LIFE+ is one of the program’s biggest donor.
CTAOP - Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project
CHAI - The Clinton Health Access Initiative
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), founded by U.S. President Bill Clinton in 2002, is a global health organization aiming to establish integrated health systems in developing countries and to create access to care and treatment of HIV/AIDS. In regards to the HIV-epidemic, since 2008, the organization has specifically focused on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Globally, CHAI negotiates price reductions for drugs and diagnostics while also working to increase the quality of these commodities. Today, more than 70 countries, from Africa to South America and the Caribbean until Eastern Europe, have access to lower priced drugs.
CHAI recognizes that some of the greatest challenges in fighting diseases of poverty are organizational and managerial, not scientific or medical. With offices in over 25 countries, CHAI partners with governments on a wide range of issues including HIV/AIDS, malaria, and maternal and child health, as well as strengthening in-country health systems, expanding human resources for health, and improving markets for medicines and the efficiency of health resource allocation.
CHAI & LIFE+
LIFE+ supported CHAI for the first time in 2007 and is, today, one of the most important partners in our international network. The donations from Life Ball not only supports CHAI’s HIV program and global strategy, but are a specifically allocated to programs focused on preventing mother-to-child transmission of the HIV virus.
“This organization, LIFE+ [formerly AIDS LIFE], was the first organization in Europe, beginning in 1992, that was seriously, systematically, from the beginning committed to combating the AIDS epidemic and saving people’s lives. Every year they are getting better at it, every year they know more. It’s just like anything else in life: the more you do it, the better you get at it. I’m honored to be associated with them and really grateful that they support us.” – Bill Clinton –
EJAF - Elton John AIDS Foundation
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a 21st Century institution designed to accelerate the defeat of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund was created in 2002 as a unique partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities in order to dramatically increase and direct resources to the fight against today’s pandemics.
Supporting programs of prevention, treatment, care and health systems strengthening in more than 140 countries, the Global Fund has become the main multilateral funder in global health, channeling a fifth of the international financing to fight AIDS.
By working with partners, the Global Fund ensures that funding directly serves the men, women and children affected by these diseases in the most effective way. As of the end of 2016, 18.2 million people around the world are on treatment for HIV of which 9.2 million through programs supported by the Global Fund.
The Global Fund & LIFE+
The cooperation between The Global Fund and LIFE+ began within the inaugural First Ladies Luncheon in Europe in 2014. As substantive partner, the Global Fund endorsed the joint mission to protect women and children from HIV in order to help achieve an HIV-free generation.
This remains a crucial focus of our collaboration because women and girls often experience the impact of HIV more severely than men. Every hour around 100 women are infected with HIV. Globally, women make up more than 50% of all people living with HIV and 58% in sub-Saharan Africa, where the epidemic is most severe (UN Women). Moreover, young women aged 15-24 made up 66% of new infections among young people in the region (UNAIDS).
Women and girls’ vulnerability to HIV stems from a greater biological risk, compounded by gender inequalities. They have an increased biological vulnerability to HIV infection. In unprotected heterosexual intercourse women are twice as likely as men to acquire HIV from an infected partner. Economic and social dependence on men limits women’s power to refuse sex or to negotiate the use of condoms. Women also do not enjoy the same rights, opportunities, and access to support services as men, placing them at a greater risk and at a disadvantage with respect to treatment and care. In addition, gender-based violence also exacerbates the risk of contracting the virus.
UNAIDS - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
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 –
AIDS Hilfen Österreich
The AIDS Help offers counseling and consultation for people who got infected with HIV or who are particularly in danger of getting infected. This enables people to protect themselves in order to prevent new infections. Additionally, the AIDS Help promotes social policies which do not tolerate the exclusion and discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS.
The Austrian AIDS Help consists of seven independent, regional associations and supports people living with HIV/AIDS in coping with their disease. In over 50% of all cases, the AIDS Helps ask for quick direct help for people with HIV/AIDS who have unexpectedly found themselves in dire straits. In the last couple of years, however, various projects (day visit, meetings of people who are HIV-positive, sport therapy, activity projects, etc.) have been supported, as well.
Apart from that, the AIDS Helps – on behalf of the Ministry of Health – offer free and anonymous HIV testing. With their leaflets and publications, which are available for free for the most part, they reach hundreds of thousands of people each year and provide them with information on HIV/AIDS.
AIDS Hilfe Wien
50-60% of all people living with HIV/AIDS in Austria are living in or near Vienna. This is why the Aids Help Vienna receives the biggest share of the financial support for national projects from LIFE+. “The year-long partnership with LIFE+ means a lot to the Aids Help Vienna. All means which we receive from the Life Ball are used entirely for projects to the benefit of people living with HIV/AIDS. At the Aids Help House, we offer individual psychological counseling, support provided by social workers as well as a safe place free of discrimination where people can meet, regain their strength and share their stories”, says Philipp Dirnberger, CEO of the Aids Help Vienna.
Project “Job Impuls” – individual potential analysis for a fresh start at work
Life expectancy of people with HIV/AIDS is increasing. Many people affected who receive good medical care – about 70 per cent of all people with HIV – can lead an almost unimpaired (working) life. In February 2011, the project “Job Impuls” (job impulse), which aims at supporting people with HIV/AIDS at finding their way back into work, was launched. Potential analyses, individual coaching and further education courses help people to re-enter the workplace.
Antiretroviral therapies and special medical examinations for clients who are not insured
Aids Help Vienna’s consultancy department is the only place in Vienna and its surroundings where HIV-positive people who are not insured are provided with antiretroviral medication. Whether they stranded in Austria for migrational reasons, whether they got sick and depressed because their asylum proceedings were delayed or whether they were not treated normally as out-patients anymore because of insurance gaps and were thus referred to us – these peoples’ health is endangered and they need help in any case. What is necessary in terms of medical care is antiretroviral medication as well as special kinds of examinations such as X-ray or ultrasound.
Medical check-ups for people with HIV/AIDS – measurement of the viral load and free immune monitoring
After receiving a positive HIV test result, the patients should – from a medical point of view – have their immunological and virological status checked as soon as possible. Clients who did an anonymous HIV test and unexpectedly received a positive result often have problems dealing with it: They are overwhelmed and not ready to tell their general practitioner about the diagnosis; many of them do not have the financial means to pay for the necessary medical examinations themselves, either. Sometimes, they even suppress what has happened to them, which can be dangerous for the patients themselves as well as for their sexual partners. This is why it is important for the Aids Help Vienna to do a first, anonymous and free immune monitoring in cases where it seems necessary from a professional point of view. This helps the patients to cope with the diagnosis and it also facilitates planning the ideal start of the therapy.
Day Center – a place where people meet
Aids Help Vienna’s Day Center is a low-threshold care offer for people with HIV/AIDS. Many of the people who come to the consultancy department are living in poverty. Poverty does not only mean that they have a low income, but it also implies that they are excluded from social activities.
What the Day and Activity Center offers is on the one hand feasible at low expenses and on the other hand, it encourages people to get active independently. Like this, people are enabled to participate actively in cultural and social life. Additionally, freshly cooked meals are supposed to enhance the clients’ physical and emotional well-being and promote networking and exchange between them.
Diversity Care Wien
Verein Positiver Dialog
Organizing sporting and cultural activities, the “Positive Dialog” is a self-help group by and for people affected by HIV/AIDS and their relatives which supports them in returning to an independent life. Life Ball makes it possible. Strengthening their social contacts and the possibility for mutual exchange allows those affected to gain a foothold in society far from bureaucracy and public authorities.