CHAI's Founding

Published May 1st, 2015

In 2002, over 3 million people died in the developing world from HIV/AIDS and only 70,000 people outside of South America received treatment, despite the fact that treatment had been available and effective in the developed world since the mid-1990s.

CHAI was founded in 2002 with a transformational goal: help save the lives of millions of people living with HIV/AIDS in the developing world by dramatically scaling up antiretroviral treatment. At the time, this was viewed by many as an unreasonable goal because health systems were too weak in poor countries and because the prices of the relevant drugs and diagnostic tests were too high.