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Elton John AIDS Foundation and Mylan Give $1 Million to Nigeria for the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV
Date:12/1/2013

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL), one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) today announced that they will give a combined $1 million to the Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born HIV Free (BLC) for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission (eMTCT) of HIV in Nigeria.

Nigeria is home to 3.4 million people living with HIV, with approximately 60,000 children newly infected with the virus in 2012 alone – the most of any nation in the world.[1] For many years, the mother-to-child transmission rate there has remained at 30%[2], despite other countries – from the U.S. to Botswana – virtually eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

The global community, led by UNAIDS and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has agreed on a Global Plan to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by the end of 2015. The plan's success depends on Nigeria, as it accounts for more than a quarter of all new infections.

In 2012, the BLC launched a partnership with the Government of Nigeria's Save One Million Lives team to catalyze data-driven, state-by-state operational plans, innovative policies and dedicated management capacity to facilitate scale up of eMTCT services in collaboration with other government entities and implementers. Their partnership has leveraged private sector resources to maximize the impact of funds already available for parts of the program like healthcare workers and medicines. The partnership was tested in Nasarawa state, which, under the leadership of the state government, PEPFAR, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, tripled the num
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