Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation


Elizabeth Glaser contracted HIV through a blood transfusion in 1981 while giving birth to her daughter, Ariel. She later learned that she had unknowingly passed the virus both to Ariel and to her son, Jake. Following Ariel’s death in 1988, Elizabeth turned tragedy into hope, creating a foundation with a simple but critical mission: to bring hope to all children with AIDS.

The Foundation, which began as three mothers around a kitchen table, has become a global organization that carries on the legacy of Elizabeth Glaser, who tirelessly fought for the lives of her own children—and all children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Although Elizabeth lost her own battle with AIDS, the work of the Foundation that bears her name has produced important successes. Thanks in significant part to our efforts, the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV has decreased to less than 2% in the United States. That means that today, almost every baby in the U.S. is born free of HIV.

The significant investments made in response to the HIV pandemic have begun to produce substantial benefits. By the end of 2007, 34 percent of HIV-infected pregnant women around the world received the medicines they need to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies, a substantial increase from 14 percent in 2005. More than one in four of all HIV-positive pregnant women worldwide who received these medicines did so through Foundation-supported programs in 2007.

While this is considerable progress, almost two-thirds of HIV-positive pregnant women did not receive the medicines they needed to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies. More than 1,000 children are infected by HIV every day.

To change this reality, the Foundation currently supports hands-on, lifesaving services at more than 3,600 sites around the world, working to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and give children and families who live with HIV/AIDS a chance for a healthy future.
KEY FACT: As of September 30, 2008, the Foundation had provided more than 6.3 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies.
KEY FACT: As of September 30, 2008, more than 5.3 million women have been tested for HIV through Foundation-supported programs.

The Foundation has also led the way in the provision of care and treatment services, placing a particular emphasis on the inclusion of children.
KEY FACT: As of September 30, 2008, more than 570,000 individuals, including more than 46,000 children, have been enrolled into our care and treatment programs.
KEY FACT: Since enrollment began, more than 300,000 individuals have begun antiretroviral treatment. More than 23,000 of those are children under the age of 15.

By continuing to fund innovative and ground-breaking research, the Foundation drives efforts by top scientific leaders to find better pediatric treatments, more effective ways to prevent mother-to-child transmission, and vaccines. And cutting-edge research is essential to finding a cure for HIV.

Elizabeth Glaser came to Washington, D.C., 20 years ago to give children and families affected by HIV/AIDS a voice. The Foundation carries on her legacy by working to ensure that the needs of families affected by HIV/AIDS—both in the US and abroad—are at the top of the political agenda. “