WHAT WE DO
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's work on HIV/AIDS began in the earliest days of our philanthropic journey.
Today, we focus on discovering, developing, and delivering affordable tests and treatments that can prevent new HIV infections, and save lives. Our efforts are directed towards people and places where funds are insufficient, and where our support can have an uplifting impact.
We strive to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. Because, we believe that:
Everyone deserves a chance to live a healthy and productive life.
In the past decade, the world has made promising progress in the fight against HIV. Cases worldwide have declined by nearly 40 percent since 2001.
Even then, nearly 38 million people – including 1.7 million children under 15, are living with the disease today.
Around 32 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the epidemic began. A significant majority of people who live with HIV are from low-and middle-income countries.
We can end this epidemic by rolling out efficient ways to test and treat people, tailoring them to people’s needs. Addressing structural barriers is another one of our goals so people can get the services they need – without the stigma or discrimination.
We build relationships with an array of partners – from governments to community organizations to ensure there’s adequate funding for HIV prevention, treatment efforts, and to drive policy change in the most vulnerable parts of the world.
Our funds and partners help us to:
- Increase access to testing for people who want to know their HIV status
- Discover and implement innovations and efficiencies that improve how treatments are delivered to people living with HIV
- Research and develop innovative and affordable prevention tools, including long-acting pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and a vaccine
- Address structural barriers to prevention, care and treatment through improved access to school-based programs and contraceptives for adolescent girls and young women
- Ensure that the high rates of HIV in eastern and southern Africa are addressed
In 1998, Bill and Melinda made their first HIV/AIDS-related grants to three organizations, totaling almost $2 million. Since then, the Gates Foundation has contributed more than $3 billion to thousands of programs and projects worldwide.
Through the Global Fund, PEPFAR and other organizations, we work to stop the spread of HIV and ensure everyone infected can get the treatment they need. We also support the development of better treatments, and efforts to both end the stigma of HIV, and produce a safe, effective and affordable vaccine.
You can read more about how we identify what we want to accomplish for people and how we go about doing it here.
As a grant-making organization, we develop goals and strategies before allotting resources and making investments. We monitor our progress and share the data, reflect on lessons, and keep an ongoing dialogue with our grantees and partners.
We’ve worked with thousands of partners and supported them in implementing solutions that people need the most.