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Los Altos Rotary Project Works to Prevent HIV Infected Children
Category: Healthcare | By RotaryGlobal, 28-Dec-2010 | Viewed 21470  Comments 0 | Original Source
Photo from: http://www.sunflowerchildren.org/projects/africa/cambodia/hope+better+future+school
By June Smith

The Rotary Club of Los Altos, USA aims to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in Africa by funding education, training, testing and treatment.

Each year in Africa, over two million HIV-infected pregnant women give birth to 700,000 HIV-infected infants. The northern California Rotary Club of Los Altos has adopted the goal to eliminate pediatric AIDS in that country.

The hope is to prevent over 350,000 mother-to-child HIV infections each year by raising funds for testing, education and training, counseling and by providing life-saving drugs. HIV infection of infants at the time of birth can be prevented using simple, low-cost, but highly cost-effective measures, even in resource-poor countries such as Liberia, Africa.

Cost Effective Nevirapine Drug Can Eliminate HIV Infection
The treatment is inexpensive, costing $2 for an HIV Rapid Test, $2 for counseling and $1 for a single dose of the drug nevirapine.

Read the full story here: http://www.suite101.com/content/los-altos-rotary-project-works-to-prevent-hiv-infected-children-a263099

About the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project

"The Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project was formed in 1989 by members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos, USA with a goal of alerting and educating Rotarians worldwide about the AIDS pandemic. A 30-minute video, The Los Altos Story, was produced, translated into six languages and distributed worldwide to encourage other Rotarians to initiate AIDS awareness projects of their own. The award-winning film with its message of compassion and understanding has now been seen by millions of people throughout the world.

Now more than a decade after the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project was founded, members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos are still working to promote AIDS education and awareness. In addition to continuing to distribute "The Los Altos Story" to call attention to the AIDS pandemic, one of the most important goals of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project is to motivate Rotarians to become involved in the global fight against AIDS.

It is the belief of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project that Rotary International has the opportunity to take a leadership role in the global fight against a lethal disease by promoting AIDS awareness through education and information to its members and others throughout the world.

In its role as a catalyst, the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project offers a way for Rotarians to make important connections with others who are interested in doing something about addressing the global AIDS pandemic."

For more information: http://www.rotaryaidsproject.org/
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