NEW YORK – AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI) and the London, Ontario-based Trinity Global Support Foundation have partnered to provide a large bulk shipment of life-saving antiretroviral (ARV) medication to the Dominican Republic’s Presidential Council on AIDS (COPRESIDA).
The shipment, which comprises 829,258 doses of ARV medicine, is sufficient to cover the needs of nearly 1,200 individual recipients in the Dominican Republic for one year.
Over its 15-year history, AFAI’s Access To Treatment (ATAP) program has shipped more than $80 million worth of recycled ARV medication to thousands of needy recipients in more than 40 developing countries. The Trinity Global Support Foundation is likewise committed to ensuring access to treatment in the developing world, through its global HIV antiretroviral initiative.
“This is a terrific example of how a partnership of two organizations dedicated to the same goal creates a multiplier effect, enabling them to jointly respond in a larger, faster and more efficient way to a global epidemic,” noted Dr. Jaime Valencia, director of operations of AFAI. “We’ve been working closely with COPRESIDA for many years, but now, in cooperation with Trinity Global, we’re able to make the kind of contribution in the Dominican Republic that will help a tremendous number of people immediately.”
“A great ‘thank you’ goes out to AID FOR AIDS International and the donors of Trinity Global Support Foundation for making this gift of life extending therapeutics possible. We’re honoured to be part of a project which will help the residents of the Dominican Republic and proud to be affiliated with an organization such as AID FOR AIDS International,” said Mr. Joe Fontana, President of the Trinity Global Support Foundation.
AID FOR AIDS, founded in 1996, operates the largest medication recycling program in the world. Its ATAP initiative collects unused and unexpired ARV medication in the U.S. and redistributes it, free of charge, in the developing world. AFAI also provides an HIV preventive education program that reaches nearly a million teenagers in Latin America and the Caribbean; a Children’s Program that supports youngsters 3 to 15 years of age who are living with HIV; a case management program for immigrants in New York City living with HIV or AIDS; and an advocacy program that empowers more than 8,000 individual AIDS activists and organizations to advocate for their human rights.
Trinity Global Support Foundation is committed to relieving poverty, supporting children and youth programs, and advancing spiritual tenets and teachings around the world. In addition to its HIV program, which raises funds to pay for ARV medication, Trinity supports local food banks, church groups, and disaster relief agencies, and operates a network of 460 breakfast clubs and lunch/snack programs that currently serves about one million children.