News, commentary, and voices in the efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS in children worldwide.
November 23, 2010
The just-released UNAIDS 2010 report on the global AIDS epidemic reflects that there is increased momentum to eliminate pediatric HIV and AIDS worldwide, and documents significant progress in increasing access to services to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, reducing new infections in children, and providing treatment for children, mothers, and families living with the virus.
Click past the jump for links to the report and the Foundation's reaction to the progress.
November 19, 2010
The Foundation was thrilled to welcome Barbara Bush – President and co-founder of Global Health Corps (GHC) and former First Daughter – to our Washington, D.C. office yesterday to present on GHC’s work and its successful partnership with the Foundation.
GHC and the Foundation began partnering earlier this year, with GHC sending two fellows to work on the monitoring and evaluation team in the Foundation’s Malawi country office.
Photo: Foundation President and CEO Chip Lyons with Barbara Bush
November 15, 2010
(Photo: Sonny Odom, Photographer)
Dr. Susan Strasser, the Foundation’s Zambia country director, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) as a 2010 Fellow over the weekend. The ceremony was part of the 37th Annual AAN Meeting and Conference held in Washington, D.C.
Induction into the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors for a member of the nursing community. Dr. Strasser is one of only 1,600 nurses ever to be afforded this honor, and was recognized for her accomplishments and contributions to the field, and her continued impact through her work in Africa.
Click through to read about Dr. Strasser's achievement and her work in Zambia to support the Foundation's efforts to eliminate pediatric AIDS.
Dr. Susan Strasser
November 12, 2010
According to the Zambian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, 75,000 children are currently living with HIV in Zambia. And while more are now receiving lifesaving treatment, many more still need to be reached. Without treatment, half of all HIV-positive children will die before their second birthdays. While these statistics can seem overwhelming, there is still hope.
Last week, the Foundation's Country Director for Zambia, Dr. Susan Strasser, had the opportunity to speak on Zambian television about providing psychosocial services to families affected by HIV. She was joined by Sam Niyrenda, a mentor from Africa Directions, a local organization serving children and families living with HIV in Zambia, as part of a thirteen-part talk show series called "Born Free of HIV."
Click through the jump to read Dr. Strasser's first person account of the experience and see a video detailing the Foundation's work with Africa Directions.
New York City
November 9, 2010
Jake (right) and Paul Michael Glaser walk the red carpet at
the 17th Kids for Kids Family Carnival (Photo: EGPAF)
When you spend the weekend in New York City, "the city that never sleeps," things can be a bit hectic. It was one of those weekends for Jake Glaser, the twenty-six-year-old son of Elizabeth Glaser.
Saturday was a fun-filled day at the 17th annual Kids for Kids Family Carnival, and Sunday was packed with preparation for Monday night's Glamour Magazine Women of the Year 20th Anniversary gala, where Jake spoke to the crowd of A-list celebrities about the importance of honoring his mother's legacy.
He took a few minutes to reflect on a wild, but amazing weekend, prior to boarding a plane back to Los Angeles.
November 9, 2010
Jake Glaser (left) with HIV-positive Sesame
Street muppet Kami (center)
At this year’s Kids For Kids Family Carnival in New York, there were two special guests in attendance to teach kids and adults alike about the realities of growing up with HIV: Jake Glaser, Elizabeth Glaser’s twenty-six-year-old son, and Kami, an HIV-positive Muppet character from Takalani Sesame, the South African version of Sesame Street.
After sharing their perspectives and experiences about losing loved ones and finding hope for the future, they asked if there were any questions from the crowd.
One young girl stood up and asked this basic but very important question: “Does HIV hurt?”
Continue on past the jump to find out how Jake and Kami answered the question.