The Family Treatment Fund
(FTF) purpose is simple. We save lives by providing HIV treatment to the
neediest patients for less than a dollar a day. Medical care is provided
free through the Mbarara University HIV clinic. Each time we receive
enough donations to commit to at least five years, we start a new person
Among the 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda, only
one-half of those in need receive life-saving HIV antiretroviral
therapy. Multi-national programs such as the Global
and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPfAR) have expanded access to
treatment. While multinational
programs have made great progress,
critical gaps remain. Those who access treatment may
wait several months and the most severely perish while waiting. Many do
not have access at all. The Family Treatment Fund fills these gaps by
creating a bridge to multinational programs one family at a time. Our
goal is to put one new person on treatment every day. For less than a
dollar a day, you can save someone's life and keep a family together
through a gift to the Family Treatment Fund.
photo by Bea Ahbeck
Last year, we were able to
provide treatment to Jacinta and her husband, who are both HIV positive
and were unable to provide for their three children due to advanced
HIV/AIDS. They continue to thrive on Family Treatment Fund–provided
medication, and the family has been able to stay together.
Watch a video
documentary of the project here
The Family Treatment Fund seeks direct resources to provide complete
care to the Ugandan families until a time when HIV antiretroviral
treatment will be more widely accessible through multinational efforts.
2005, Joe Bourguignon filmed three Family Treatment Fund Recipients who tell
stories of their families living with HIV/AIDS.
Watch the video
Read more about the program in a recent
article in The Harvard University Gazette:
Training The Talent In Trouble Spots
Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, and Human Tragedy by
Seth C. Kalichman
"Paralleling the discovery of HIV and the rise of the AIDS pandemic, a
flock of naysayers has dedicated itself to replacing genuine knowledge
with destructive misinformation - and spreading from the fringe to the
mainstream media and the think tank. Now from the editor of the journal
"AIDS and Behavior" comes a bold expose of the scientific and
sociopolitical forces involved in this toxic evasion."
Author Seth C. Kalichman will donate 100%
of all royalties from "Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience,
and Human Tragedy" to the Family Treatment Fund to help purchase HIV
medications for Africa.