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UNICEF and Family Health International: Together on HIV and AIDS

Alan Court, Director of Programme Division, UNICEF
Dr. Albert Siemens, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FHI.

Ceremonial signing of Memorandum of Understanding

Tuesday, 4 September 2007 at 12:00 Noon

UNICEF House, Danny Kaye Visitors Centre
Three UN Plaza (44th Street between First and Second Avenues)

UNICEF and Family Health International have agreed to join forces to reach out to more women and children with quality HIV/AIDS programmes within the framework of the global campaign “Unite for children, Unite against AIDS” and the global goal of universal access to services.

The partnership will specifically focus on the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission and pediatric HIV care and treatment with an initial focus in five countries. In addition to the strong country presence of both organizations, UNICEF’s international network and programme implementation knowledge, paired with FHI’s technical competence as well as research and community experience, will strengthen the safety net for women and children impacted by HIV and AIDS globally.

For further information and interview requests, please contact

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, Tel.: 212-326-7452  Email: kdonovan@unicef.org
Steve Taravella, FHI, Tel.: 703-516-9779 ext. 231 Email: staravella@fhi.org 

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Since 1971, the non-profit Family Health International (FHI) has been at the forefront of public health research, prevention, care and treatment in the developing world. FHI delivers services and conducts research in HIV/AIDS, other infectious diseases and reproductive health to improve the lives and well-being of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. www.fhi.org




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