The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has developed a programme to prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV by implementing interventions in the developing world. Their mission is "to identify, fund and conduct critical pediatric research that will lead to better treatments and prevention of HIV infection in infants and children, to reduce and prevent HIV transmission from mother to child and to accelerate the discovery of new treatments for other serious life-threatening pediatric diseases. The Foundation also takes a leadership role in establishing a pediatric research agenda, as well as promoting global education, awareness and compassion about HIV/AIDS in children."
Communication Strategies: 

The Call To Action Project was initiated in Sept. 1999 to implement interventions to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the developing world. Funds provide for community mobilization/education, training of health care workers, HIV counseling and testing, antiretrovirals to prevent MTCT, diagnosis of HIV in children, and infant-feeding education. With the first $1 million that was committed to the Call To Action Project in Sept. 1999, they designed a programme and Request for Applications that would invite international sites to apply for funds to implement programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The first 8 sites were selected and funded in March of 2000. They are now supporting a total of 18 sites in the following countries: South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon and Thailand.

Update in 2002:

The Foundation is working in Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Honduras, India, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and is reviewing proposals from many additional countries. As part of the Foundation¹s programme strategy, the sites funded are extremely diverse in terms of size, primary funding source (public or private), geographic location (rural and urban), extent of care services offered, and stage of implementation (planning to national scale up). This diversity has provided a wealth of information that is defining models to expand MTCT projects rapidly and effectively in a variety of settings. With the Foundation¹s support, national scale-up activities are already underway in Cameroon, Uganda, Thailand, Zimbabwe and Dominican Republic.

Development Issues: 

Women, Children, HIV/AIDS, Mother-to-Child Transmission, Education, Training.

Key Points: 

It is estimated that 1,800 infants become infected with HIV each day worldwide. The majority of those infections occur in developing countries, where resources for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV are scarce. Provision of antiretroviral therapies, coupled with resources to deliver them, can significantly decrease the rate of MTCT of HIV, and prevent the needless infection of thousands of infants each year.

Awards are generally in the range of $100,000 to a high range of $300,000. All requests must be adequately substantiated to justify the amount of the request. It is likely, for instance, that an application seeking to support multiple clinics will request greater than $100,000 and may approach $300,000 and that a project supporting only one clinic will be substantially less. They recognize that each site is unique and that budgets will not be uniform across all requests.

The Call To Action Project also considers applications for planning grants limited to one-year duration. Awards are generally in the range of $15,000 to a high range of $50,000.

Applications in 2000 were due by the end of November. They were directed to: Research Department/ CTA, ELIZABETH GLASER PEDIATRIC AIDS FOUNDATION, 2950 31st Street, #125, Santa Monica, CA 90405, USA.Phone: 310-314-1459 FAX: 310- 314-1469 E-mail:

The Foundation announced on July 31, 2002 that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a grant of up to $100 million over 5 years to the Foundation¹s International Call to Action Project.

Partner Text: 

Applications are solicited from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), not-for-profit Health System units, including health centers, communes, districts, provinces and ultimately entire countries located in resource-limited regions. Applications representing collaborations between organizations in the developing world and those in the industrialized world are welcome. They also encourage groups that perform general HIV/AIDS prevention and care work and would like to expand their programming on education about MTCT to apply, especially in the area of planning grants to prepare the community for MTCT programs.


Request for Applications from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation - received by The Communication Initiative 24 Oct 2000.