|Improving the quality of life for people living with HIV and AIDS and ensuring that HIV positive people play a central role in HIV education and advocacy|
The Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation (PIAF) is a not for profit regional organization advocating for People Living With HIV and AIDS throughout Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. PIAF headquarters is located in Suva, Fiji, with a regional branch office in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
PIAF is governed by a rotating board of 5 distinguished members from the region and core-funded by the New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID). Individual projects are carried out with assistance from a variety of funding mechanisms, donor organizations and other partners.
PIAF was founded on July 4th, 2002, by Maire Bopp. Maire was one of the first Pacific Islanders to go public with her HIV positive status. She changed the shape of HIV work in the region by putting a face to the disease and challenging our political, religious and traditional leaders to respond appropriately to the epidemic.