News, commentary, and voices in the efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS in children worldwide.
July 16, 2011
Foundation VP of Research
Dr. Laura Guay talks to
journalists at IAS 2011.
(Photo EGPAF/Bob Yule)
This coming week, the Foundation will be highlighting the latest research on issues related to children and HIV at the sixth annual International AIDS Society (IAS) conference in Rome.
For journalists attending the conference – and for those covering it from afar – we’ve produced an updated and expanded handbook on the issue of pediatric AIDS.
Click past the jump to read A Journalist’s Guide to Reporting on Pediatric HIV and AIDS, and to learn how to get updates on the latest developments in pediatric AIDS coming out of Rome.
In advance of the largest global HIV/AIDS conference of the year next week in Rome, there have already been several breaking news stories and research updates about HIV prevention.
Three of these stories, including preventing HIV transmission through breastfeeding, preventing sexual transmission through the use of antiretroviral drugs, and HIV vaccine research, are what we’re reading this week.
Click past the jump to learn more about these stories and what they mean for the long term in the fight to eliminate HIV and AIDS.
July 12, 2011
A nurse in Malawi leads a support group
at an antenatal clinic. (Photo: James
Stopping the spread of pediatric HIV and AIDS starts with a pill, a doctor, and a hospital – or does it?
While medicines and medical services are vital to improving the health of children, women, and families living with HIV, the simple reality is that preventing and treating HIV and AIDS doesn’t begin or end at the clinic doors.
The fight against HIV also takes place in communities, where local attitudes and opinions may influence community action, and affect whether women and children have access to important HIV/AIDS services.
Click past the jump to read more about how the Foundation is reaching out to communities around Africa in the fight to eliminate pediatric AIDS.
July 8, 2011
Malita Manuel Timane is one of many
mothers in Macia district that has given
birth to an HIV-free child because of
antiretroviral drugs she received during
pregnancy. (Photo: Denise Alves/EGPAF)
Earlier this week, the stories of mothers and children and HIV in Mozambique were told on National Public Radio's All Things Considered radio program. A couple of months ago, Foundation Communications and Advocacy officer for Mozambique Denise Alves had the opportunity to hear those stories in person when she accompanied NPR reporters Melissa Block and Andrea Hsu to a health center in the town of Macia, located in the southeastern corner of Mozambique.
The reporters were in Mozambique for a new series about women and childbirth. Their main objective in visiting Gaza province – an area with extremely high HIV rates – was to learn about the Foundation's successes in helping HIV-positive mothers give birth to HIV-negative babies.
Click past the jump to read Denise's first-person account of the trip to Macia.
July 7, 2011
Lucrecia Silva and her daughter, Helena,
are both HIV-positive.
(Photo: Andrea Hsu/NPR)
Yesterday NPR’s program All Things Considered aired its third installment from Mozambique on maternal and child health – this time focusing on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Host Melissa Block reported from a health clinic supported by the Foundation in the southern town of Macia. HIV rates are high in the surrounding province of Gaza. It’s estimated that about thirty percent of women there are HIV-positive.
Melissa spoke to Foundation Country Director Dr. Nancy Fitch about our efforts to reach all pregnant women who are living with HIV – both to improve their own health and to protect their babies from getting the virus.
Click past the jump for more about the story and links to the NPR story.
July 1, 2011
This week, we’ve actually been doing more listening than reading – to NPR’s new global series on pregnancy and childbirth, called “Beginnings.”
NPR’s All Things Considered has been reporting from Mozambique on issues affecting maternal and child health. As part of the series, host Melissa Block visited a Foundation-supported clinic in the town of Macia in southern Mozambique, to learn about preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Click past the jump to listen to and read the segments, and to learn about next week’s piece highlighting the Foundation’s work.