Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation
For women aged 15-44 years, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death worldwide. Increased access to antiretroviral therapy and prevention of mother-to-child transmission can dramatically drive down the rate of new HIV infections and virtually eliminate them in babies and children. CMMB’s prevention activities are committed to achieving an AIDS-free generation.
In 2016, 100 percent of pregnant women who received antenatal care through CMMB programs worldwide knew their HIV status.
Program Highlight: Haiti
In 2016, 76 percent of patients remained enrolled in antiretroviral treatment, the highest rate in the nation.
CMMB’s CDC-funded SIDALE (“Go Away, AIDS!”) program worked with a network of 15 faith-based health facilities to reduce HIV/AIDS morbidity and mortality. Strengthening clinical capacity, counseling to help patients understand how to live with HIV, and following up on dropouts were integral to this work. Intensive focus helped CMMB keep patients in therapy. Healthcare technology enabled CMMB to track down and re-engage patients who missed appointments or gave up on HIV treatment.
The staff at Hôpital Christ Pour Tous made me see that if I took my medication, I could still have a life worth living. Reminders on my mobile phone help me remember how and when to take medication. I’m starting to believe in life again.
—Felix, SIDALE beneficiary, Haiti
Program Highlight: Kenya:
In 2016, 10,525 men and boys were reached by voluntary medical male circumcision to prevent HIV/AIDS infection.
Studies have demonstrated the power of male circumcision to protect against HIV transmission in communities where the infection is common. Combined with HIV testing and counseling about transmission, voluntary medical male circumcision is part of CMMB’s CDC-funded HIV prevention services package, offered at local HIV treatment centers & health facilities in Kenya.
I am 18 years old. It is my responsibility as a man to do this. I’m a little scared, but that’s okay. If a friend were thinking about voluntary medical male circumcision, I would tell him all the benefits I have learned. I feel proud to help fight AIDS.
—Grandvin, CMMB patient, Kenya
Program Highlight: South Sudan:
In 2016, 60,309 individuals were tested and counseled for HIV.
With a focus on preventing mother-to-child transmission, CMMB makes HIV testing a critical part of antenatal care. We are proud that 100 percent of pregnant women who received antenatal care through CMMB’s CDC-funded programs learned their HIV status. Empowered with information, these women could effectively plan for pregnancy and those who tested positive could ensure that their children were born without infection.
I was feeling healthy when I went to CMMB for a check-up, and I had the courage to be tested for HIV. When I found out I was positive, the counselors said I could start HIV treatment right away. I have delivered two children, both HIV negative. CMMB has shared the gift of life with this community. Without information, medicine, and care, most of us would die. That’s why I say CMMB’s HIV Treatment has given us another chance at life.
—Margery, CMMB beneficiary, South Sudan
Program Highlight: Zambia:
In 2016, 10,000 adolescent girls registered for HIV services through DREAMS.
Funded by PEPFAR, DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) is a partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women. Through DREAMS, CMMB is helping girls overcome the challenges of adolescence and to stay in school.
Young women are generally a vulnerable community, and they are especially vulnerable when it comes to contracting HIV. Almost double the number of adolescent girls will contract HIV in contrast to their male peers. DREAMS encourages girls to stay in school, makes the creation of safe spaces for them a priority, and supports family strengthening.
—Batuke Walusiku-Mwewa, CMMB country director, Zambia
In 2016, 224,649 individuals were reached by HIV programming worldwide.
Although new infections have dropped by 35 percent since 2000, and nearly 16 million people are now receiving HIV treatments like antiretroviral therapy  HIV remains a significant threat to global public health, with millions of new infections each year.