In a special April 2003 issue on "Heroes", Time Magazine described Albina du Boisrouvray as an "alchemist" who turned private pain and personal wealth into loving care for vulnerable children and the estimated 100 million AIDS orphans expected in this decade.
Her only child, François-Xavier, died in a helicopter crash in Africa in 1986. This loss precipitated a dramatic change in her life. She sold her film-producing company as well as her property and real estate including several hotels in search of a new meaning in her life. In 1989, she founded the Association François-Xavier Bagnoud (AFXB) an international non-governmental Organization (NGO), -- now known as François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) International, -- to carry on the compassion and generosity that guided François’ life. Since then, she devoted all her energy, credibility, creativity and solid experience as an entrepreneur to humanitarian service, social development and research on many projects throughout the world.
FXB, chaired by Albina du Boisrouvray, has as its main focus the AIDS crisis. FXB leads 87 programs in 18 countries (Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the United States) and has a staff of close to 600. The inextricable link between Health and Human Rights is at the core of its global strategy to fight AIDS, poverty and to rescue orphans and vulnerable children of the AIDS pandemic.
In 1992, Albina du Boisrouvray established the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. In 1993, the University of Michigan conferred on her a “Doctor of Humane Letters Degree”. She was made a “John Harvard Fellow” by Harvard University in 1996, and in 2001, Harvard students presented her with the “Harvard Project for International Health and Development Award”.
She received a Special Recognition Award for “Responding to the HIV/AIDS Orphan crisis” at the second conference on Global Strategies for the prevention of HIV transmission from mothers to infants in Montreal, in September 1999.
In 2001, Albina du Boisrouvray was made “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” by the French government for her pioneering work in home palliative care projects. Because of the innovative cost-effective projects that she formulated and directed in AFXB, she was selected a member of the Social Entrepreneurs Group of the Schwab Foundation.