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PACANet- USA is a 501 (c ) 3 organization, established in 2009. PACANet- USA is dedicated to supporting the greater PACANet Africa mission of "linking churches, Christian organizations and Christian networks in Africa and the African Diaspora to enhance their responses to HIV and AIDS by sharing resources, ideas, skills and experiences; and by stimulating strategic partnerships."
Before setting forth an outreach plan, the President of the Board and founder realized that they had to grow the Board and do a strategic plan to guide them through this early part of the 21st century. It was also important to understand the prevalence and incidence of HIV and AIDS in the African countries where PACANet exist as well as the communities where PACANet-USA exist.
The recent data according to the CDC and Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, the USA is still being plagued with an alarming number of new HIV cases. Maryland had the 3rd highest rate among all states and territories for new HIV diagnoses reported for 2011. This was behind the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The data shows that 1 in 4 of all new infections were among youth 13 to 24 years old. More than 50% of those youth are African Americans. The Washington DC area includes the surrounding counties in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Currently PACANet-USA is focusing its time in providing health education prevention in the surrounding counties in Maryland particularly Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. For Prince George’s County data at the end of 2009 indicated that African Americans accounted for almost 88% of the total living HIV cases. The majority of these cases were in zip codes adjacent to the District of Columbia but inside the Capital Beltway.
UNAIDS proclaimed HIV Treatment Saves Lives!! In 2011 there were 33% fewer AIDS deaths in Africa than in 2005. Some 7 million people are accessing HIV treatment. Botswana has virtually eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV. All across Africa, babies are being born free of HIV. Burundi almost halved the number of new infections among children from 2009-2011. As encouraging as this data is, there is reported some 23.5 million people living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. There is still much work to be done.
With this information at hand, PACANet-USA Board developed a Strategic Plan: See History