GAIA VACCINE FOUNDATION
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Location: 16 Bassett St Providence RI 02906 USA
Mission: 15,000 new HIV infections occur every day. 90% are acquired in developing countries, where AIDS victims lack the political voice and the financial resources to access new, potent HIV drugs. Therapeutic and preventive vaccines currently in development target the US and Europe, where infected individuals can afford to pay for them. Unfortunately, this approach leaves 90% of the world's AIDS victims out of the vaccine and treatment loop. GAIA believes that where you live and your ability to pay should not determine whether you and your children receive potentially life-saving vaccines against HIV/AIDS. GAIA reaches out to the marginalized, forgotten majority of people impacted by HIV/AIDS.
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Why I give to GAIA and I would like to ask you to give too: It is no secret that I am one of the founders of GAIA Vaccine Foundation. What you may not know is that I gave $500 per month to GAIA Vaccine Foundation in 2012, and just as much the year before (and before that). And in 2013, I plan to give even more. Why is that? GAIA is one of the best investments that I have ever made with my donation dollars. See more about that below.* I believe in GAIA's vision. GAIA's goal is to "support the development of a globally relevant, globally accessible HIV/AIDS vaccine". It takes a long time (over 20 years) to make a vaccine, so it should come as no surprise that we're still working on that mission. In fact, just this year, GAIA (and scientists at EpiVax) published a few papers on the vaccine (see here if one of several scientific reports on the vaccine). I believe that we will get there, because, as one of the founders, I believe in our mission. I give to GAIA because I want to end AIDS in our lifetime, and GAIA has a history of delivering on promises. What's an example of that? Well, we built an HIV clinic to provide mother-to-child HIV transmission prevention to a village called Sikoro in 2006. We expanded it to include all patients (moms, dads and children) with HIV in 2008, and we're still providing HIV care there, today. That's commitment. We build relationships. We have created a solid foundation of support among West African physicians and scientists for our work. And we are building the scientific foundation for testing our HIV vaccine in the future. We have performed HIV vaccine readiness research and we publish it. We have concrete goals. Over the next year we plan to leverage innovative HIV management techniques, expand village-level HIV care and increase HIV knowledge throughout West Africa. [For more information read here]. So why should you support GAIA Vaccine Foundation? Because you know that ending AIDS in Africa is one of the things that you would like to do, in your lifetime, too. Giving to GAIA is a really great way to do that. So please click on this link, or go to http://www.gaiavaccine.org/donate and send in your contribution, today.
Thank you! Together, we can make AIDS history.
Annie De Groot MD
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