On December 1st, World AIDS Day, GBCHealth supporter Mylan Inc. and the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) announced that they will jointly contribute US$ 1 million to the Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born HIV Free (BLC) for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission (eMTCT) of HIV in Nigeria by 2015. The announcement came in the lead-up to the 4th Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, at which a number of other companies renewed existing pledges and made new financial commitments for 2014-2016.
A signatory to the Global Plan Towards the Elimination of New HIV Infections Among Children by 2015 and Keeping Their Mothers Alive, the Government of Nigeria last year launched the 'Saving One Million Lives by 2015' initiative. The 2012 pilot project in Nasarawa state under the leadership of the Global Fund, PEPFAR and the Government of Nigeria tripled the number of women being tested for HIV and doubled the number of facilities offering eMTCT services.
The BLC partnered with the Nigerian Government to scale up the initiative, build management capacity and maximize the impact of existing funding by contributing private sector resources and expertise. Mylan and EJAF’s $1 million contribution will expand the pilot’s reach to two of the 13 highest priority states for eMTCT in Nigeria - Plateau and Federal Capital Territory.
During the Global Fund’s pledging conference on December 2nd-3rd in Washington DC, a number of other companies renewed existing and made new financial commitments to combat HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria in 2014-2016. See an overview of Replenishment pledges here.
See Mylan’s press release here.