News, commentary, and voices in the efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS in children worldwide.
Evan Von Leer
June 9, 2011
Foundation Ambassador Florence
Ngobeni-Allen and her son Alex.
This week, the world commemorates the 30th anniversary of the world’s first AIDS diagnosis. In those early days of the disease, there was little hope for anyone infected – there were no medicines and no treatment.
Fast forward to today, and the story is much different. Children and adults with HIV are living long, healthy lives thanks to advances in research and treatment.
And one of the biggest success stories: Today, with the right treatment, an HIV-positive woman can give birth to an HIV-negative child.
We thought this would be a good time to hear from Florence Ngobeni-Allen, one of the Foundation’s Ambassadors in South Africa, who is living proof of the power to create a generation born free of HIV. Click past the jump to watch a video about Florence and learn more about one of our most passionate Foundation Ambassadors.
June 7, 2011
Speakers a NAPEX event. (Photo: EGPAF)
This weekend marked 30 years since the first AIDS diagnosis. To commemorate the anniversary, I had the pleasure of joining Foundation Vice President of Research Dr. Laura Guay as she spoke at a public event on Friday.
It wasn’t her typical audience of scientists, policy makers, or journalists. This time, she spoke about the three-decade fight against the global AIDS epidemic to an audience of stamp collectors.
Dr. Guay was the keynote speaker at the annual National Philatelic Exhibition (NAPEX) in suburban Washington, D.C.
You might ask, what does stamp collecting have to do with HIV/AIDS? To find out click past the jump.
June 3, 2011
In my last message, I discussed the upcoming budget vote in the United States and our efforts to ensure that critical programs like ours were not on the chopping block, even in difficult economic times. I’m glad to report that while funding for global HIV/AIDS programs were slightly reduced, the cuts were much less than the severe $800 million reductions that were proposed by some in Congress. Legislators realized what we know firsthand: These programs work.
May 27, 2011
Jake Glaser at the 2011 Boston
University Dance Marathon.
(Photo: EGPAF/Rachel Hinger)
This month two national magazines featured a familiar face around the Foundation -- Jake Glaser, Elizabeth Glaser's 26-year-old son.
He sat down with Glamour magazine and Readers Digest to discuss everything from growing up with HIV, to his parents and sister Ariel, to the Foundation's current work around the world to end pediatric AIDS.
Click past the jump for more info and links to both articles.
May 26, 2011
Rwandan First Lady Jeanette Kagame
(left) greets new mothers at Ruhuha
Health Center. (Photo: EGPAF)
Rwanda is helping lead the way to end new cases of HIV and AIDS in children. This progress was on display recently when the Rwandan First Lady Jeanette Kagame launched the country’s national initiative to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
During a launch event, she remarked that “significant achievements have been made with PMTCT interventions, and Rwanda is able to prevent 6,500 children from acquiring HIV every year.”
Now more than 80% of health centers in the East-African nation offer prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services.
Click past the jump to read more about the launch event and the Foundation's efforts to eliminate pediatric HIV in Rwanda.
May 20, 2011
A lot can happen in a year.
A week ago last year, we were just launching the Foundation’s new website and our blog in this space. Since then, you – our readers – have visited the blog almost 75,000 times, to read 154 posts about all aspects of our work.
We’ve written about our research, and advocacy and policy efforts. With our first-person Notes from the Field and individual Stories of Hope, we’ve also showcased our programs on the ground. Read more to see our highlights from a year of blogging.