At today’s meeting, we heard from the leader of the Los Altos Rotary Aids Project, now in its twentieth year.
On Sunday, October 11, the project kicks off its newest initiative: Child AIDS Prevention. Today’s program at our Club was the first “beta test” of their presentation on the topic.
75% of HIV infected children die before their third birthday. Only 100 children in the US become infected with HIV, but 700,000 children are born with HIV worldwide (primarily in Africa). A “miracle drug” called Nevirapine (for less than $1/dose) can prevent half of all childhood AIDS transmissions at birth.
The L.A.R.A Project has targeted the African country of Liberia for this anti-AIDS project. Among Liberia’s 400,000 citizens, more than 300,000 are infected with AIDS, including 15,000 children. The project includes education, counseling, testing, and medicinal treatment. The total cost anticipated for these services is $10 per infected mother.
The Club is hosting a symposium on Childhood AIDA at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto on October 11. $125 fee benefits the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project. RSVPS are requested by October 5.