Matching good ideas with powerful partners
Recalling a CCFC partnership with the Clinton Foundation to address HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia
A decade can make all the difference. In 2006, Ethiopia was dealing with an HIV pandemic, with an estimated 1.7-million people living with the virus, according to UNAIDS. That’s when the Clinton Foundation partnered with Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) to address the issue.
“We can make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS by matching good ideas with the people who can implement them,” said former U.S. president Bill Clinton in 2006. “We are pleased to support the work CCFC is doing, in collaboration with its partners, to combat the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS around the world.”
With $275,000 from the Clinton Foundation, CCFC and local partners expanded the pediatric care unit at one of Ethiopia’s HIV/AIDS treatment facilities. Before the transformation, staff at the Addis Ababa-based ALERT Hospital (All African Leprosy and Rehabilitation Training Centre) treated approximately 2,000 patients — only 10 were children. Despite considerable demand, its outreach capabilities were limited due to lack of expertise, drug availability, staffing, laboratory testing capacity and space constraints.
Support from the Clinton Foundation meant the ALERT Hospital could be expanded to accept an additional 200 pediatric HIV patients. It has since grown to become one of the region’s leading health centres for maternal, newborn and child health services. It fact, staff recently celebrated the opening of a $90,000 maternal health wing.
In the past 10 years, the prevalence of HIV/AIDS has been significantly reduced. In fact, new infections of HIV in Ethiopia declined by 90 percent, and annual AIDS-related deaths have dropped by 53 percent, according to recent estimates from the World Health Organization.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.