The commitment aspires to:
- Reach approximately 50,000 women for HIV/AIDS testing and treatment.
- Make testing and treatment services available in 10-15 new clinics.
- Reach 100,000 vulnerable adults and children with HIV/AIDS prevention education.
- Provide support and care services for at least 500 children
The HIV virus is taking an enormous toll on India's most vulnerable poor, who lack adequate access to health care resources. This reality, taken with that of the virus's rapid epidemiological progress, poses a serious threat to the future of India. To counteract the challenges to India's healthcare system, AIF will work in collaboration with civil society and local governments to reach underserved populations. In particular, its work will focus on those areas where the Foundation is already making a significant difference with its investments in education and the livelihoods of individuals in local communities.
According to UNAIDS, there are 5.7 million people living with HIV/AIDS in India-the highest number of infections of any country in the world. While India's prevalence rate is relatively low, its large population size means that even the smallest increase in percentage of infections is a very large increase in terms of total numbers of people infected with the virus.
Asha and Raj Rajaratnam were inspired to make this commitment in response to the major threat the disease poses in India and the potential for saving lives. AIF is a development organization whose mission is to accelerate social and economic change in India. Through their generous gift to AIF, the Rajaratnam family is encouraging a new kind of diaspora philanthropy. It supports specific health and advocacy program interventions with measurable impact and outcomes.
- Grant-making program in India is fully operational.
- $710, 477 disbursed as grants to support interventions focused on PMTCT and prevention education.
- $675, 700 additional funds received through first quarter of 2007.