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Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
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Founders Elizabeth Glaser, Susie Zeegen, Susan DeLaurentis
Type Operating public charity
(IRS exemption status): 501(c)(3)[1]
Founded 1988
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Origins Global Programme on AIDS, World AIDS Day
Staff President & CEO - Pamela W. Barnes
Chairman of the Board - Dr. David Kessler, M.D.
Area served United States, Africa, India, China, Russia
Focus Humanitarianism
Mission "The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eradicate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs."[2]
Method Medical research, Advocacy, prevention, treatment
Revenue ~$100 million (2007)[3]
Endowment ~$31 million (2007)[3]
Website PedAIDS.org

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (abbreviated EGPAF) is a public charity which "seeks to prevent pediatric HIV infections and to eradicate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs."[2]

The organization was founded in 1988 by Elizabeth Glaser, Susan DeLaurentis, and Susie Zeegen.

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History

Elizabeth and her husband, actor Paul Michael Glaser, learned that Mrs. Glaser had been infected with HIV through a blood transfusion in 1981. She had passed the infection along to her children Ariel (born that same year) through breast milk and Jake (born 1984) in utero. The Glasers were unable to find appropriate medicine to treat Ariel, as all existing treatments were only focused on adults.

Ariel lost her battle with AIDS in 1988. Fully aware that Jake's life was also in danger, Elizabeth rose to action. Shortly after the death of her daughter, Glaser approached DeLaurentis and Zeegen, two close friends, and with their help, created a foundation to bring hope to children with AIDS. The organization's goal is to prevent pediatric HIV infections and eradicate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs. The foundation's three main avenues for fighting pediatric AIDS are to fund critical research, launch global health programs, and advocate for children's health. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is now the leading national non-profit organization providing funding and support for pediatric AIDS research and has expanded its mission to the worldwide AIDS pandemic.

The foundation was chaired by Elizabeth Glaser until her death in 1994. Her husband, Paul, took over until 2002, and remains as Honorary Chairman. The current chairman is Dr. David Kessler, dean and vice chancellor for Medical Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco in San Francisco, California, USA. Both DeLaurentis and Zeegen remain members of the Board.

Because of the high profile nature of Paul and Elizabeth Glaser, their efforts brought worldwide attention to the disease including a 1991 People Magazine cover, Elizabeth Glaser speaking in 1992 at the 1992 Democratic National Convention, a 2000 Beanie Baby named 'Ariel' which raised $3.4 million as a fundraiser, and a 2001 appearance before a United States Senate Committee by Paul Glaser. The foundation is a favorite cause of many celebrities including an annual celebrity golf tournament and several appearances on The Apprentice. It is also the national philanthropy of Alpha Epsilon Phi.

As an operating public charity the organization boasted over $100 million in revenue generated from public and private donors and grantors, with large sums of $250,000-$499,999 each coming from companies such as Mark Burnett Productions and The Walt Disney Company, as well as private organizations including The Gerber Foundation and Communications Workers of America. The private non-operating (i.e. "grantmaking") Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation topped out the list of over 600 donors by granting over $1 million alone.[3]

International Pediatric AIDS Initiatives

As of March 31, 2008, more than 412,000 individuals have been enrolled into EGPAF's programs, including more than 34,000 children. Of those ever enrolled, more than 220,000 individuals have begun antiretroviral therapy, including more than 17,000 children under the age of 15.

The Foundation's global AIDS programs have the following goals:

--Increasing access to services for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT);
--Increasing access to care and treatment for children and families, including antiretroviral therapy (ART);
--Linking PMTCT services to care and treatment in order to provide a continuum of care;
--Researching and identifying better technologies and interventions in PMTCT and care and treatment;
--Documenting replicable models in PMTCT and care and treatment; and
--Training research and program leaders to advance all of the above.

The Foundation is currently supporting PMTCT programs in Cameroon, China, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Grants and Awards

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation provides several grants and awards to scientists performing research aimed towards the study and eradication of pediatric AIDS. The Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award is one of the many awards that the foundation offers through a competitive award application process.

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Award & Grant Winners

  • Margaret Feeney, M.D., M.Sc. 2006 Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award Winner for her project, "The Immune Response to Acute Perinatal HIV Infection."
  • Alexandra Trkola, Ph.D. 2006 Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award Winner for her project, “The Humoral Immune Response to HIV.”
  • Sunil Kumar Ahuja, M.D.: 2001 Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award Winner for work on the influence of genetics on HIV/AIDS[4]

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