AHF, the largest global AIDS organization—which now provides HIV/AIDS care and services, including antiretroviral treatment, to more than 821,000 people in 38 countries—will mark its anniversary throughout the end of 2017 with global events, including screenings of the film, Keeping the Promise—AHF 30 Years.
LOS ANGELES (October 20, 2017) As part of its 30th anniversary, AHF hosted a reception and premiere screening of the new one-hour documentary, Keeping the Promise—AHF 30 Years at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Through interviews with key AHF stakeholders from over the years coupled with archival video footage culled from AHF’s 30 years of advocacy, care and activism, ‘Keeping the Promise—AHF 30 Years’ was made by Foxhound Productions and tells a compelling story of AHF’s history while offering a glimpse of, and road map to its future.
Founded in 1987 first as the AIDS Hospice Committee and later the AIDS Hospice Foundation, AHF’s earliest days were a heartfelt, grassroots community effort to provide end-of-life hospice care to people with AIDS in Los Angeles, California at a time in the mid-1980s before lifesaving drug treatment was available for people with HIV/AIDS. Thirty years later, AHF has now grown to become the largest global AIDS organization.
“On this occasion of the 30th anniversary of the founding of AHF, I want to thank our board of directors, our staff of 5,600, our 821,000 patients and the community of supporters we have around the country and the world. Everything we have accomplished is because of your dedication. AHF stands as living proof that the world can be changed for the better if you are willing to work hard and dedicate yourself to a mission,” said Michael Weinstein, AHF’s President and founder. “I really wish that Chris Brownlie, my dear friend and co-founder of AHF, could be alive today to see what his voice inspired. While we celebrate this milestone, we recognize that there is still so much more work to be done before we defeat AIDS once and for all time.”
“Congratulations to all of the AHF staff, Board members, volunteers, partners and our patients for contributing your best to help AHF meet this remarkable thirty-year milestone with over 821,000 patients now in AHF’s care somewhere in the world,” said Cynthia Davis, MPH, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and Chair of AHF’s Board of Directors. “On behalf of the Board, we are honored and proud of the work done—and to work alongside you—in the fight against AIDS each day. Members of the Board also look forward to celebrating this milestone with many of you at these events, celebrations and film screenings at AHF locations around the corner and around the globe, as well as during our upcoming ‘Keep the Promise’ World AIDS Day concerts and community events. Again, heartfelt congratulations and thanks to all those involved in this remarkable AHF accomplishment.”