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
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
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
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.