News, commentary, and voices in the efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS in children worldwide.
Dr. Laura Guay
February 2, 2011
(Photo: Jon Hrusa/EGPAF)
Earlier this week, a panel on Capitol Hill discussed global efforts to eliminate new HIV infections in children. Organized by amfAR and sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the briefing featured experts from PEPFAR-funded programs, including the Foundation's Vice President of Research Dr. Laura Guay.
Dr. Guay has spent her career working on pediatric HIV/AIDS in both Africa and the United States. She was part of the landmark HIVNET 012 trial in Uganda, which was the first study to determine a simple and effective method to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV in low- and middle-income countries.
Click past the jump to read Dr. Guay’s reflections on the momentum of global PMTCT efforts over the past decade – thanks to programs like PEPFAR, private donors, and the work of the Foundation and its partners.
New York City
February 1, 2011
Dancers at the 2011 Columbia University
Dance Marathon. (Photo: EGPAF)
The first Dance Marathon of the 2011 season is in the books, and it was a memorable one. More than 170 student-dancers at Columbia University spent 18 hours dancing and raised nearly $50,000 to help support the Foundation's mission to eliminate pediatric AIDS.
In its 11th year, the Columbia University Dance Marathon and its supporters have raised more than $500,000 for the Foundation. This year's contribution could help more than 3,330 HIV-positive women around the world deliver health babies.
Click past the jump to read an event recap from Columbia University senior and co-chair of the Dance Marathon steering committee, Rachel Faber.
February 1, 2011
For mothers living in low- and middle-income countries, breastfeeding is a vitally important source of nutrition for their babies. But for those mothers living with HIV, it is also a potential source of transmission of the virus that causes AIDS.
In recent years, several studies have focused on how to allow HIV-positive mothers to breastfeed more safely and increase their babies’ chances of HIV-free survival.
Click past the jump to read more about a new study reported on by The New York Times and published in the medical journal The Lancet.
January 27, 2011
Every year at universities around the country students come together to participate in dance marathons. Some dance for 12 hours, others dance for as many as 26. But while the amount of hours may differ, their motivation does not. They dance to save lives.
The amount of time each dancer pledges to stay on their feet is meant to represent the emotional and physical challenges faced by children living with HIV, all while raising funds to support the Foundation’s work around the world.
January 26, 2011
I’ve just returned from a week in Harare, Zimbabwe, a country where it is possible that the worldwide momentum toward creating a generation free of HIV will take center stage. Last week, the Foundation officially launched its partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), which awarded us the first year of a five-year, $45 million grant to accelerate scale-up of more effective antiretroviral regimens to reduce HIV transmission from mother to child in Zimbabwe, and to ensure that HIV-positive mothers can access treatment for their own health.
January 24, 2011
(Photo: James Pursey for EGPAF)
Just a few days ago, the Foundation launched an exciting new partnership in Zimbabwe that will dramatically expand its efforts to eliminate pediatric AIDS throughout the country.
The Foundation's work in Zimbabwe began ten years ago at just three sites, working to bring critical services to prevent HIV-positive pregnant women from passing the virus to their children. Now, a decade later, alongside additional partners, the Foundation works in 815 sites and has reached more than 800,000 women with prevention, care, and treatment services.
Click past the jump to hear Foundation Country Director for Zimbabwe, Agnes Mahomva, talk more about the exciting new partnership, and the real possibility of eliminating pediatric AIDS in her country.