The Challenge

Worldwide some 38 million people are living with HIV.

Every year nearly 700.000 people die from AIDS related causes and 1.5 million people are infected with HIV – in spite of the fact that people living with HIV can live healthy lives, without passing on the virus, if they are on treatment.

When the AIDS epidemic first swept across the planet the effects were felt everywhere.

40 years later the AIDS epidemic mainly thrives where inequality, poverty, and discrimination flourish.

The AIDS epidemic of today hampers development and fuels poverty – and vice versa.

We are on a mission to change that!

Our Mission

We work to see the day where no one must die from AIDS
and where no one is at risk of contracting HIV.

A day where HIV is no longer a public health threat.

A day where people living with HIV can live long and healthy lives
free from stigma and discrimination

How we work

We work through global as well as local partners to affect structural as well as immediate and tangible change.

We go face to face with the HIV epidemic as it manifests in poverty-stricken, high-density suburbs of Kampala and Lilongwe as well as farming and fishing communities in Uganda and Malawi – and we make our voice heard in the corridors of power and influence in New York, Geneva, or Copenhagen.

We tackle HIV from the ground up – and from the top down.

We work to supplement and support international and national efforts – and we are always guided by the insights and expertise of our partners on the ground. Our work is aligned with the strategies and methods of international organisations as well as national programmes for fighting HIV in the countries where we work.

Through our partners in civil society we mobilise and empower sex workers, men who have sex with men, girls and young women and inform them about HIV and Human Rights.

We ensure access to stigma-free health services when we train health staff on their duty to provide non-discriminatory health services to all regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or occupation

We work to change norms and legislations and to champion human rights for those most vulnerable to HIV.

HIV and AIDS by the end of 2021

38.4 million

people globally were living with HIV.

1.5 million

people were infected with HIV.


people died from AIDS related illnesses.

28.7 million

were accessing anti-retorviral therapy.

Who we work with

We work directly with the groups that are most affected by HIV – Key Populations

  • Sex Workers
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Transgender women
  • Young women and girls
  • People living with HIV

We work with children and youth who are key to creating a future without HIV

We work with stakeholders who are key to ending the epidemic

  • Politicians
  • Health Service Providers
  • Local authorities
  • Religious and traditional leaders
  • Police and soldiers

We work with global partners who hold important pieces to the puzzle that will end the HIV epidemic

  • The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
  • The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)
  • The International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM)

We work with local partners in Africa who are part of or close to the people we seek to help

  • Action Hope Malawi
  • Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP)
  • Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF)
  • Lady Mermaid’s Empowerment Centre 
  • Volunteer for Family Development (VOFAD)

Where we work

We focus on some of the regions most affected by the HIV epidemic – East and Southern Africa.

Globally close to 38 million people are living with HIV – more than half of those of those live in East and Southern Africa.

AIDS-Fondet's focus countries

The HIV epidemic is one of the greatest humanitarian crises in recent history. A disaster that has claimed the lives of millions of people.

It is an epidemic that thrives where basic human rights are violated and where prejudice and discrimination flourish.

Inequality, poverty and bigotry fuel the HIV epidemic.


Lars Christian Østergreen, CEO AIDS-Fondet