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In Support of the International Day of the African Child, Roche Hosts Annual Children's Walk
Date:6/16/2011

can say that my future is bright and I can support my two siblings at home. The children in the programs will be able to stand on their own and do whatever they want," says Louis Nyongo, a success story of the Children's Walk. Having benefitted from the care and education provided by one of the orphan centers run by ECPP, Louis was supported through secondary education and is now an ECPP Malawi employee.

More than half a million children in Malawi have lost one or both parents to AIDS. According to the World Health Organization, 66 percent of world's population living with HIV resides in Sub-Saharan Africa, and this region carries the highest burden of HIV infection and HIV/AIDS mortality in the world. Approximately three-quarters of women and 90% of children are living with AIDS in this region. Malawi is a peaceful and stable country with over 11 million people, almost 20% of which are infected with HIV. Malawi is also one of the world's least developed and poorest countries, where people live on less than $ 0.50 US per day.

Donations Also Benefit New Jersey

Funds raised are also used to support children in over 50 local communities in which we work. In New Jersey, a portion of the employee donations are distributed to community-based non-profit organizations serving people living with HIV/AIDS through the New Jersey AIDS Partnership (NJAP). Since 2003, Roche has donated over $500,000 to NJAP(3).

According to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, 35,688 people were reported living with HIV/AIDS in New Jersey as of December 2010(4).

"Roche's continued support and leadership on AIDS in New Jersey is unique as we enter the fourth decade of the epidemic," said Paula Toynton, director of the New Jersey AIDS Partnership. "Our service providers struggle to respond to an entrenched epidemic in an environment of shrinking dollars and complacency. Gratefully, the contributions of the Roche employees make it poss
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