Corporate Heroes for Load Zero
Load Zero joins with Partners In Health to help improve HIV/AIDS treatment in neediest areas
Because viral load testing has traditionally required expensive equipment and access to modern infrastructure, it was not accessible to the majority of HIV+ population. Making a high-quality low-cost viral load test available to PIH will result in a reduction of unnecessary loss of life, human suffering while lowering the cost of care and loss of productivity to parts of the world that need help most.
The program will begin at the PIH Hospital Saint Marc in Haiti where the Load Zero Foundation (LZF) will facilitate the training of PIH staff, provide the necessary lab equipment and the test assay necessary for the program. PIH will administer the tests and use them to help better treat and improve the lives of HIV patients.
Partners In Health (http://www.pih.org) works in 10 countries around the world to provide quality health care to people and communities devastated by joint burdens of poverty and disease. Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.
PIH and its Haitian partner organization, Zanmi Lasante, have been providing vital health care services in Haiti for more than 25 years and are the largest health care providers in the country, working with the Haitian Ministry of Health to deliver comprehensive health care services to a catchment area of 1.2 million across the Central Plateau and the Lower Artibonite Valley. For more information please visit http://www.pih.org/haiticonf.
The Load Zero Foundation also gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of the following companies:
The HIV Resistance Response Database Initiative is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of improving the clinical management of HIV infection through the application of bioinformatics to HIV drug resistance and treatment outcome data. The RDI has the following specific goals:
- To be an independent repository of HIV resistance and treatment outcome data
- To use bioinformatics to explore the relationships between resistance, other clinical and laboratory factors and HIV treatment outcome
- To develop and make freely available a system to predict treatment response, as an aid to optimizing and individualizing the clinical management of HIV infection
For more than 40 years HUMAN Diagnostics has been serving the health care sector. HUMAN develops, manufactures and distributes reagents, instruments and systems for the clinical diagnostics designed for use all over the world for all kinds of laboratory customers. HUMAN products are utilized in over 160 countries.
Headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, EMD Millipore has some 10,000 employees in 67 countries motivated by the potential of science for life through a portfolio of more than 40,000 products. Comprised of three business units—Bioscience, Lab Solutions, and Process Solutions—EMD Millipore is a top tier supplier to the life science industry, and serves as a strategic partner for scientists, engineers, and researchers.
BioTek Instruments, Inc., is a global leader in the development, manufacture and sale of microplate instrumentation and software used to aid in the advancement of life science research and to facilitate the drug discovery process. Our instrumentation provides rapid and cost-effective analysis to enable sensitive and accurate quantification of a wide range of molecules across diverse applications.
Based Lawrenceville, Georgia LW Scientific, Inc. (LWS) was established in 1994, and is a leading manufacturer of microscopes, centrifuges, video imaging devices, diagnostic test strips, and laboratory products. With a distribution network both in the USA and abroad, LWS supplies markets as diverse as laboratory, health care, dental, educational, retail, and industrial inspection.
The SARSTEDT Group develops, manufactures and sells equipment and consumables in the field of medicine and science. Ever since it was set up in 1961 the company employs a workforce of 2,500. The SARSTEDT Group manufactures consumables and analytical equipment for medical diagnostics and consumables for use in medical patient care.
NÜVE is a world class manufacturer of a wide range of laboratory and sterilization instruments. Established over 45 years ago in 1968, NÜVE is one of the fastest expanding manufacturers of laboratory and sterilization instrumentation in the world today with a steadily increasing product range. The major proportion of our production is today exported to over 105 countries worldwide and the brand is established as a driving force in the development of new products.
Cavidi AB is the manufacturer of ExaVir Load, a viral load test grounded on a unique platform technology that has many advantages over other HIV Viral Load testing and the only one that compares with gold standard tests in both precision and accuracy, with no clean room requirement and at a lower cost. It is an ideal test to meet the needs of the Load Zero Foundation objectives.
As a part of this groundbreaking supply agreement partnership, Cavidi AB is providing a generous matching donation by supplying free tests when the Load Zero Foundation purchases tests from Cavidi. The scope of this commitment by Cavidi AB is substantial, as it offers a total market value of up to $15M USD in matching donations over the next three years.