AID FOR AIDS International Inc.

Saving Lives One By One

aka AFA   |   New York, NY   |  www.aidforaids.org

Mission

AID FOR AIDS (AFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to empowering communities at risk of HIV and the population at large, by developing their abilities and capacities in comprehensive prevention through access to treatment, advocacy, education and training to improve their quality of life and reduce stigma and discrimination.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Mr. Jesus Aguais

Main address

131 Varick St Suite 1011

New York, NY 10013 USA

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EIN

13-3954568

NTEE code info

AIDS (G81)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

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Our programs

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HIV Medicine Recycling Program

Medicine recycling is defined as the process of gathering, sorting, and storing unused medicines before their expiration date, discarding what is no longer viable, and redistributing these medications to non-US territories as humanitarian aid.
Since 1996, the AID FOR AIDS (AFA) HIV Medicine Recycling Program has been a pioneering and essential program that collects unused and unexpired HIV medicine in the US to recycle and redistribute it to people with HIV in the developing world with no access to treatment. Over 37 million people are living with HIV around the world and over 40% still lack access to treatment.
The HIV Medicine Recycling Program is designed to reach people with HIV who are on treatment and who may have unused and unexpired medicine that they no longer need. AFA reaches this population through community-based organizations that support the HIV community, medical centers and health care providers, and even directly through advertisements or mailers.

Population(s) Served

Our Access to Treatment Program is designed to provide free antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, treatment planning and medication resources management to people with HIV in developing countries who do not have access to healthcare coverage and treatment, as well as to cover the existing gap in the HIV and AIDS National Programs which do not offer rescue therapies or the latest generation ARV treatment.
Part of the Access to Treatment Program process includes the combined work of the treating physicians and our medical team to find the best treatment plan for every applicant. Once the case is approved, we guarantee a sustainable advanced supply of medication to guarantee continuous provision of ARVs to our beneficiaries.
To date, AFAI has provided antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to over 20,000 people in 59 countries.

Population(s) Served

The Chronic Disease Response Program responds to shortages of medication that affect millions of people in Latin America and the Caribbean on an annual basis. This includes people with HIV and other chronic diseases.
Headquartered in New York City, with a United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) storage warehouse in Panama, this program works with international partners, pharmaceutical companies, and organized civil society to reduce the impact of medication shortages and save lives.
In 2018, AFA distributed 60 tons of medication to 35,000 people in Latin America.

Population(s) Served

The program is based on the peer-to-peer education methodology. Young people receive a training to then transmit what they have learned to their peers. Given its achieved success, young people, health professionals, companies, organizations, people with HIV, their families and the public in general receive clear, correct and update information about comprehensive preventive health and HIV, incorporating strategies on life skills tested by the World Health Organization (WHO) promoting the eradication of stigma and discrimination towards people with HIV or AIDS. This program also incorporates Neurolinguistic Programming strategies that update false beliefs and the use of an inclusive language.
By including these skills and knowledge into their daily lives, empowered people can take over their health, achieving a better quality of life and appreciating the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Population(s) Served

This program was established in 2003, and it offers emotional and educational support and medical services for over 400 children with HIV aged 3 to 15 in Latin America and the Caribbean. It strives to help children achieve a healthy adolescence that may otherwise elude them given their precarious health situation by using three different components: 1) Age-appropriate counseling through one-on-one sessions with a psychologist trained to address youth developmental issues, including those related to chronic health issues. 2) Intensive one-on-one psychotherapy for children with acute distress. 3) Multiple play activities designed to promote self-esteem, enhance coping skills, and promote important health goals (such as adherence to antiretroviral drug regimens).

Population(s) Served

Our office in New York is actively involved in community outreach, focused on the Latino community in the Greater New York Area.
Our Outreach and HIV Testing Program provides the necessary information about HIV and AIDS, preventive methods, and HIV Testing.
Outreach activities includes free and confidential HIV testing on and off-site, which are conducted throughout the year in partnership with local organizations and Latin American Consulates in New York.

Population(s) Served

Healing Venezuela responds to the severe and high levels of infant malnutrition Venezuela has faced since 2016, through the distribution of infant formula to mothers who cannot or should not breastfeed due to different health conditions. AID FOR AIDS provide proper feeding to babies from 0 to 12 months old for the first 12 months of life. AFA partners with pediatricians in different health centers across the country to locate and enroll babies. AFA monitors their development through indicators such as height and weight. In 2018, AFA secured proper nutrition for 400 babies for the first 12 months of their lives in 13 states of Venezuela.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Besides providing free medication to people with HIV in developing countries who do not have access to treatment, AID FOR AIDS provides prevention education, case management, and advocacy to those with HIV and those affected by the epidemic both internationally and in the United States.

AID FOR AIDS aims to continue providing medication and saving lives one by one.

In order to ensure future viability and organizational success, AFAI must strive to implement the actions:
• Continue to increase development efforts to improve cash flow, particularly focusing on accessing more unrestricted funds.
• Expand our network of donors of HIV medication in support of our Recycling Program within the U.S. outside the greater New York metropolitan area to take advantage of untapped market.
• Increase the number of smaller scale fundraising events throughout the entire fiscal year to complement the annual Gala – our premier fundraising event.
• Reach out to more corporations and individuals internationally to generate potentially new partnerships and collaborations.
• Continue to raise our international profile through participating in international conferences and meetings, such as the Clinton Global Initiative and the International AIDS Conference, in order to garner more support from around the globe.
• Review the measurements of impact for our programs and create improved systems of monitoring and evaluation of the services they provide.
• Incorporate the process of self-assessment and review of our organization’s goals and outcomes more fully into each of our regularly held board meetings.

• Expertise
• Effectiveness model
• Biculturalism within the organization, doing work in the United States and in Latin America and the Caribbean
• Innovation, establishing response mechanisms to difficult scenarios to serve people with different health conditions
• Diversity in the team
• Capacity / human resource.

We have developed the largest HIV medicine recycling program in the world, reaching more than 20,000 people in 59 countries in 20 years.
We have developed the ability to act and respond to difficult setting, impacting target populations, specifically people with HIV. In 2018, we became the first provider of HIV medications in Venezuela, securing treatment for 35,000 people out of the 70,000 registered in the national AIDS program.

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AID FOR AIDS International Inc.

Board of directors
as of 05/02/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laura Messina Pilson

Julian Iragorri

David Roth

Terry Riley