UN photo/Martine Perret
UN photo by Martine Perret

Over the past quarter of a century, AIDS has emerged as a global epidemic, and has been the cause of death for more than 25 million men and women world wide. ref 1 Since its onset, the African continent has been the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic, and today, Sub-Saharan Africa remains the most affected region in the world. Further, women make up half of the world's population of HIV-infected individuals, and 76% of these women live in Sub-Saharan Africa. ref 2 In fact, women in this region bear the main burden of HIV/AIDS: data reveal that three women are infected with HIV for every two men. ref 3

GAWH Campaign on HIV/AIDS

The Global Alliance for Women’s Health (GAWH) has actively addressed the impact of HIV/AIDS on women in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 1999, we began to focus on the issue of Mother – to – Child Transmission, and in 2003, our organization launched an extensive campaign to expedite treatment for women living with HIV/AIDS in this region. As part of the campaign, GAWH has:

  • Held six roundtables at the United Nations in New York, Geneva and Addis Ababa on HIV/AIDS and access to treatment for women
  • Donated 36,000 treatments of Tibozole to patients living with HIV/AIDS in Burkina Faso
  • Initiated a petition that both supports equal treatment for women and men with HIV/AIDS and calls for reports of the gender allocations of resources be made public

GAWH continues to support the work being done to reduce the impact that HIV/AIDS has on women world wide. We have worked with many organizations from both public and private sectors on this issue, and we look forward to expanding our partnerships in order to more effectively address this major health problem.