Keep a Child Alive was founded in 2003 by AIDS activist Leigh Blake and 15-time Grammy Award-winner Alicia Keys, as an emergency push to get life-saving HIV medications to African children and families, who otherwise would not have had access to treatment.
Eleven years on, we continue to fight HIV and AIDS on the frontlines, our work growing to include the critical components necessary to support successful, life-long HIV treatment: comprehensive clinical care, nutritious food and psychosocial support, all delivered with compassion, dignity and respect. We now provide financial and programmatic support to nine grassroots programs in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India, serving 50,000 people annually.
We don’t just treat the disease, we treat the person.
HIV touches almost every aspect of a person’s life. So too, then, should the treatment and care that challenges it. We can’t fight this epidemic if we don’t address the underlying conditions that exacerbate the impact of the virus.
We harness the power of community.
We’ve witnessed the power of communities to effect their own change. We partner with organizations committed to, and passionate about, the people they serve. It’s a powerful thing.
We fight stigma with compassion.
Stigma is the engine that powers HIV and AIDS. Working closely with our programs, we find creative ways to make the bridge from social isolation and vulnerability to inclusion and strength.
We include people living with HIV, as part of the solution.
Whether it’s policy-making, program development or the implementation of care, we actively include those living with HIV, understanding their critical contributions to our collective success.
We give people the hope of a future.
The trajectory of HIV and AIDS is closely linked to poverty. Many of our programs offer skills building and vocational training to empower young people, women and families, and in turn, their communities.
We look beyond the impact at our sites.
The flexible and innovative nature of our programs allows us to develop and test models of care that challenge what’s possible. In each country where we work, we share our models with government and other healthcare organizations to impact as many lives as possible.
We raise our voice for all living with HIV.
As we see it, it’s our job to force the conversation, to keep the issue in the public domain. Through our campaigns, our events, our advocacy, we work to ensure the needs of people living with HIV are not forgotten.