The NALA Foundation’s mission is to overcome poverty, cure neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. The NALA Foundation has treated many people and dramatically reduced infection rates. It has been awarded the prestigious Grand Challenges Award for innovative ideas in public health (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).
In addition, working together with the United Nations World Food Program, the NALA Foundation has started treating people living with HIV in Ethiopia. Zvi Bentwich, president of the foundation, explains “Our strategy in Ethiopia, right from the beginning, has been to start with a survey to find out what the situation is, the prevalence of infection, and what are the attitudes, practices, and knowledge of the people. You then have to train the trainers—on site, in Ethiopia—because of course we can’t be there forever.”