The region of Campo Limpo – the South Zone of São Paulo – represents 26.65 percent of São Paulo’s predominantly youth and urban population. In 2007, it was estimated that almost 600,000 people were living with HIV in the country, with no knowledge of their serological status. The state of São Paulo has a concentration of 42.3 percent of the cases of AIDS in Brazil, and the city of São Paulo has the largest number of cases.
Founded in 1994, FXB Brazil was located in Campo Limpo and one of the few AIDS-related NGOs operating in the South Zone region of São Paulo. Initially linking its work to the sheltering and integral care of children infected by HIV in the FXB House in Uruguay, FXB Brazil expanded the scope of its work by gradually transforming the institutionalization of infected children into strategies that guarantee the modification of the local context. FXB Brazil incorporated actions geared toward family and social reinsertion into its activities, mobilizing the public sector in social, educational and health areas. This empowered people vulnerable to infection with a new level of professionalism.
In the process of this programmatic and political transformation of FXB Brazil, other needs for action were identified to impede the destruction of the family and the consequent increase in the institutionalization of HIV-positive children living in situations of extreme social and economic vulnerability. From this new institutional core, activities for adults and youth infected or affected by the epidemic were initiated to improve social and economic fragility.
Along with some of its peer organizations, FXB Brazil was very active in lobbying for the modification of Article 19 of the Brazilian Law on Patents (9.279/96). These changes, which came into effect in 2005, enabled Brazilian pharmaceutical companies to create inexpensive, generic antiretroviral drugs that paved the way for universal access throughout Brazil.
Our areas of focus
- Develop professional qualification activities to generate alternate income, focusing mainly on the area of weaving
- Strengthen capacity for mobilization and social participation of people in impoverished communities who are affected or infected by HIV/AIDS
- Broaden the coverage and improve the quality of actions focused on HIV/AIDS prevention and assistance, geared toward those most vulnerable to the epidemic
- Broaden knowledge and community mobilization about relevant topics for improving the quality of life of impoverished communities in terms of healthier food, preservation of the environment and new methods for reusing recycled materials
- Accompany and encourage children and youth from the four communities in activities involving integral education (average of 130 children and youth).
Today, the project is run autonomously by the local association Espaço de Prevenção e Assistência Humanizada.