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Outline of the Foundation

World Foundation Aids Research and Prevention

Foundation 1993
Founders Prof. Luc MONTAGNIER
Federico Mayor, ex-Director General of UNESCO
Purpose Establishment of a worldwide network for global Aids research and prevention
Headquarter UNESCO in Paris
Activities ・Improvement of medical infrastructure in cooperation with WHO
・Development of vaccine for treatment and prevention at the Abidhan Aids Research Center
・Establishment of second and third centers in Cameroon and Revere
・strengthening of activities for HIV prevention

WFARP Japan Office (founded in 1998)

WFARP Japan Office

WFARP Japan Office was founded in Ono-town, Ibi-county, Gifu,JAPAN in 1998 in response to Prof. Montagnier's strong wish to establish a base center for Aids prevention activity in Asia.
On 7th of November, 1998, opening ceremony was held at the Osato Research Institute (Ono-twon, Gifu) inviting many cosmopolitan guests including Prof. Luc Montagnier, French Ambassador, officials from UNESCO in Paris, and academic researchers.

Beautiful concert was held by Mr. Hirofumi Kanno (Cello) and Ms. Yoko Tokue (Piano), and at the speech of this opening ceremony Prof. Luc Montagnier, HIV discoverer, said:"In Japan AIDS is not so common disease yet, however, it has become a serious issue in many south-east Asian countries such as Thai, China and India.Japanese people have to do something for many people in south-east Asia who suffer from HIV infection and cannot receive treatment because of poverty.The one way to do is supporting Aids Research. We can establish less expensive treatment and drugs by these researches.Moreover, we need to develop vaccines for AIDS prevention.I believe that we can advance Aids Research by establishing worldwide network in every fields of AIDS researches. Besides, by advancing Aids Research we shall have high potentials to discover new treatments for cancers, chronic diseases and immunodeficiency disorder as well. I would like you to take this opportunity to think more about AIDS."

It is one of important aims to transmit his passion to people in Japan.

We have been working to help prevent AIDS by visiting local schools to talk with children and by giving lectures to parents and teachers based on the idea that "The best vaccine for AIDS is education."
We go anywhere if requested so.
In addition, we invited our president, Prof. Luc Montagnier, and organize discussion with children to study about AIDS with him and we also have engaged in artistic activities such as organizing several charity concerts, a unique approach to educational activities combining music and AIDS education.

Message from President of WFARP

President of World Foundation Aids Research and Prevention


Our foundation was created at UNESCO where they work especially to support HIV/AIDS patients in developing countries. The Japan office of our foundation is very active in the education of preventing HIV infection for which we certainly hope we can contribute to their efforts.


HIV discoverer
Member of French Medical Academy
Division Chief of French Chemical Research Center
Professor of Institut Pasteur(~1997)
Professor and Division Chief of Molecular Biology Center of New York Queen's College(~2001)
President of World Foundation Aids Research and Prevention (1993~)


CNRS Silver Medalist
Rosen Prize Recipient
Legion d'honneur Recipient

Secretary General, Japan Office
Yukiyasu Hayashi

Secretary General, Japan Office Yukiyasu Hayashi

According to a recent announcement from Japan's Ministry of Health, Welfare & Labor, new HIV infections among Japanese aged 20-39 totaled 755 in 2007, which is about 70% of all HIV infections in Japan. Among Japanese teenagers, the number of new HIV infections totaled only 14, and especially among young women infection rate is getting higher.
There are about 30% of all the cases in which people don't realize they have HIV until 10 years after they are first infected at which point they start suffering from AIDS symptoms. Japan is still the country where the number of HIV carriers and AIDS patients continues to increase every year.
Also, more than 40 % of the newly infected people last year were young people between 15 to 24 years old. The best vaccine to protect ourselves from HIV is preventive education. I wish we could save as many children as possible.

Yukiyasu Hayashi
Secretary General, Japan Office
World Foundation of AIDS Research & Prevention

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