GAIA Vaccine Foundation

Our mission is to promote prevention of infectious diseases (HIV, TB, and HPV) in Mali while working to develop vaccines for distribution on a not-for-profit basis in the developing world. The Foundation's activities are centered on four themes: education, prevention, access to care, and vaccines. Through our active, ongoing collaboration with West African physicians and support for prevention-related clinical activities in the region, we work to improve the health of Malian children and their parents while setting the stage for ethical vaccine trials.
Born Free of HIV in West Africa
 
With treatment and access to HIV care, all children of HIV infected mothers can be born HIV Free. Providing HIV treatment to the mother prior to childbirth and during breastfeeding can prevent HIV. project reportread updates from the field
Nutrition and peer support for HIV+ patients
 
Nutrition support for HIV+ patients on Fridays: Several of the patients cook food together, serve the other patients and their children, gathering over a meal to provide each other with peer support. project reportread updates from the field
HPV and Cervical Cancer Prevention for West Africa
 
This project will establish best practices for the distribution of the HPV vaccine in Mali, where there is an especially high rate of cervical cancer. project reportread updates from the field
Story-telling cloth for Ebola Education
 
In West Africa, textiles have traditionally served as a medium of communication, and a method of storytelling. GAIA VF has successfully developed a fabric design to promote knowledge of HPV and cervical cancer. We are now working on distributing a cloth design that would help health workers educate the population about Ebola symptoms and how to protect against the virus' spread. The cloth will be distributed to health workers in Ebola-affected countries, and used to raise awareness. project reportread updates from the field
Teen Peer HIV Education in Mali
 
Educating teens (the most at risk population for HIV) will greatly reduced the number of people who become HIV+. Peer education is a proven method for raising awareness among youth. project reportread updates from the field
Facilitating Access to Tuberculosis Care in Mali
 
Malian peer-educators teach community members how to recognize the symptoms of tuberculosis and how to seek proper medical attention, with costs and transport covered by GAIA. project reportread updates from the field
 
   

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