• Our Work

    Eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV requires clinical
    solutions, financial resources and the talent to execute hiv programs.
    Born Free provides the missing link of talent and execution.

    • Our approach

      In the case of EMTCT, the clinical solution is known and the resources are largely available. Implementation is the tough part. We believe that by strengthening the people who lead their EMTCT programs, the country can catalyze acceleration toward results. In the countries that are most challenged to reach elimination, Born Free partners with the governments and business communities to recruit, develop, and empower local management talent.

      These individuals have extensive experience in project management and are well positioned to work with partners in the country to set clear targets, build actionable plans, and execute those plans with grit, resilience, and humility while gracefully navigating the local politics.

    For the first time since the 1990’s, the number of new HIV infections among children in the 21 Global Plan priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa dropped to under 200,000. Learn more about the GLOBAL PLAN at zero-hiv.org
    # of new childhood hiv
    infections in 2013: 13,000
    38% since 2009
    # of new childhood hiv
    infections in 2013: 51,000
    19% since 2009
    • KENYA

      Kenya has reduced the number of children newly infected with HIV dramatically, by almost 60% from 2009 to 2013. From 2014 to 2015, Kenya nearly halved the number of children newly infected with HIV from 13,000 to 6,600.

      Kenya’s burden is highly concentrated, with 10 of 47 counties accounting for >75% of children newly infected with HIV each year.

      In 2015, the Government of Kenya and Born Free formed a partnership to build a “Rapid Response Team” of dynamic Kenyan professionals who work within the government PMTCT team to accelerate the elimination of mother to child transmission.


      In 2012, Nigeria accounted for 1/4 of children born annually with HIV – nearly 51,000 children.

      From 2012 - 2015, Born Free and a coalition of private donors supported 12 Nigerians who worked within the Federal and State Ministries of Health, acting as behind the scenes advisors, do-ers, and leaders in support of the existing government teams.

      In 2013, Nigeria tripled the number of clinics offering PMTCT services, and from 2012 to 2013, the country achieved a 60% increase in coverage of pregnant women living with HIV initiating treatment. In 2015, fewer children than ever were newly infected with HIV.

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