Founded in 1994, FXB Brazil was located in Campo Limpo and was one of the few AIDS-related NGOs operating in the South Zone region of São Paulo. Initially linking its work to the taking in, sheltering and integral care of children infected by HIV in the FXB House, 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 towards family and social reinsertion into its activities, mobilizing the public sector in social, educational and health areas and empowering and professionalizing people vulnerable to infection.
The region of Campo Limpo – South Zone of São Paulo – represents 26.65% of São Paulo’s predominantly youth and urban population. In 2007, it was estimated that nearly 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% of the cases of AIDS in Brazil, and the city of São Paulo has the largest number of cases.
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 children infected by HIV 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, which paved the way for universal access throughout Brazil.
- Develop professional qualification activities to generate alternate income, focusing mainly on the area of weaving.
Strengthen the capacity for mobilization and social participation of people affected or infected by HIV and AIDS, from impoverished communities.
- Broaden the coverage and improve the quality of actions focusing on HIV and AIDS prevention and assistance, geared towards the population groups 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).