LONDON, England — The Elton John AIDS Basis (EJAF) has turn into one of the well-known and profitable superstar charities on the planet. Elton John honored the reminiscences of his mates by founding a company that has since raised greater than $300 million for HIV associated applications and causes in 35 totally different nations.
The Elton John AIDS Basis was established in 1992 in america and 1993 in the UK by rock musician Elton John after he misplaced two of his closest mates to HIV. The primary, teenager Ryan White, was contaminated with HIV by way of a blood transfusion and handed away in 1990. The second was Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen. The inspiration was created after paying tribute to Mercury in live performance and to White at his funeral.
EJAF has three important targets: Finish discrimination in opposition to people with HIV, finish AIDS-related deaths and finish HIV infections. Via fundraising, advocacy and grant-making, the group has made unimaginable strides in all three classes. The Basis believes that “elevating funds for evidence-based applications and insurance policies and in addition by talking out with honesty and compassion in regards to the realities of individuals’s lives” is the one strategy to lastly beat AIDS.
Fundraising and Grantmaking
The Elton John AIDS Basis raises cash by way of small donations by way of their web site and far bigger donations at occasions such because the annual Academy Awards Viewing Celebration in Hollywood. The 27th Annual Viewing Celebration, held on February 24, 2019, raised greater than $6.three million in the direction of ending AIDS. Aside from elevating the funds, EJAF encompasses a well-developed grant-making program to assist smaller charity teams within the combat in opposition to AIDS.
The U.S. department of the Elton John AIDS Basis invests greater than $7 million yearly in grants to community-based organizations and applications within the Americas and the Caribbean. The U.Ok. group allocates the same quantity of funding to African, Asian and European organizations. The grant-making program focuses on 6 goal areas when dividing funding between grantees.
Goal areas embrace homosexual males’s mobilization for well being, youth mobilization for well being, black neighborhood mobilization for well being and entry to healthcare for ex-offenders. Additionally they deal with ending injection-related HIV transmission and scaling up authorities HIV programming. Organizations that particularly deal with growth in one of many goal areas can obtain funding from EJAF.
Statistics on HIV
Although nice progress has been made in decreasing HIV/AIDS infections and deaths, the fact of the epidemic signifies that there’s a great quantity of labor nonetheless to be carried out. Information from 2018 discovered that 37.9 million folks globally have been HIV constructive. Of those numbers, 36.2 million people have been adults and 1.7 million have been kids underneath the age of 15. Solely 79 % of the 36.9 million people with HIV have been conscious of their HIV standing.
Although many individuals proceed to reside with and contract HIV, the Elton John AIDS Basis is main the cost in fundraising, advocacy and schooling within the combat in opposition to AIDS. The Basis finds assist from celebrities, foundations, firms and people around the globe. The Elton John AIDS Basis has contributed tremendously to worldwide efforts to beat AIDS.
– Orly Golub