November 17, 2016
At Kikyenkye Health Centre III near Ibanda, Uganda, I met 26-year-old Janipher Kyarimpa. We sat inside the maternity room, the walls lined with multiple posters about the benefits of antenatal care on one side and the significance of testing for HIV on another.
November 15, 2016
Gertrude Mwiinga, 40, says that she used to be ashamed about living with HIV and was afraid to tell her son, Sholdon, that he, too, had been infected with the virus. However, through the support of health workers at the Mbuya Daisy site in Mukuyo, Zambia, she found the strength to help him accept his HIV status.
November 10, 2016
In 1993, when Javis Ndugutse was three years old, he was diagnosed with HIV. At the time, Uganda did not have access to lifesaving antiretroviral drugs.
November 8, 2016
Fourteen years ago, at the height of the HIV crisis in Zimbabwe, Linda Ngerenge gave birth to twins. One year later, Linda’s husband and one of her twins passed away because of AIDS-related illnesses. At that time, Linda and her second twin were both diagnosed HIV-positive and were initiated on antiretroviral therapy. Both are healthy today.
November 2, 2016
On October 28, 2016, EGPAF celebrated milestones of its project, Pamoja. Pamoja is the Swahili word for “together”. Funded by PEPFAR through the CDC, the six-year Pamoja Project aided in the testing of more than 1.4 million people for HIV and scaled up access to HIV antiretroviral treatment, by starting more than 48,000 patients on HIV medicines.
November 1, 2016
EGPAF in Mozambique is implementing the Accelerating Children Treatment (ACT) initiative in priority districts in the country’s Gaza province.
Initiated last year, thanks to funding from PEPFAR and CIFF, ACT is aiming to double the number of children receiving lifesaving antiretroviral therapy across 10 priority African countries.
October 27, 2016
Tina Louise Dassé has been working as a community counselor since 2009 for Femmes Active, a local organization that works with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at General Hospital of Koumassi in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s, Project Djidja. Louise has seen patients of all ages, social statuses, and genders—women, children, men, families, young, old—pass through the HIV testing and counseling services she provides.
October 26, 2016
Hellen Abura, 53, is a businesswoman and mother living in Homa Bay, Kenya. She purchases dagger fish on the beach in Mbita and transports them inland to sell. Hellen has been living with HIV for the past 12 years. Her husband died from an AIDS-related illness in 2004, but, thanks to strict adherence to her treatment, she has continued to lead a healthy, productive life. Fortunately, all of her four grown children are HIV negative.
October 13, 2016
Emily Njerengo is a peer educator in rural Malawi. She is living with HIV; she lost her two children and husband to AIDS-related illnesses. Emily credits a safe motherhood support group with having helped her move past her grief and find a purpose educating and counseling other women. She was trained by the Foundation for Community and Capacity Development (FOCCAD), a community-based organization that receives technical assistance from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).
October 4, 2016
In July 2016, Chip Lyons, the president of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), traveled to Cameroon, for the ribbon cutting of a new office in Youndé, the capital city. EGPAF began working in Cameroon in 2000, with the historic Call to Action initiative that greatly expanded support for HIV prevention and treatment in the countries hardest hit by the pandemic.