February 2014

What We’re Reading: Faces behind the Statistics

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This week, we’re reading about confronting stigma, new insights into the genetic markers of pediatric HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, and why artist and humanitarian  Ziggy Marley believes love should be the guiding principle behind HIV/AIDS activism.

EGPAF“Country Brief: Democratic Republic of the Congo”— Read an update about EGPAF’s work to eliminate HIV in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including how EGPAF aims to improve the quality of HIV services in the country.

The Daily Beast – “Unseen: HIV’s Black, Female Face” — Thirty years after the HIV virus was identified, the modern face of the epidemic—predominantly black and female—remains hidden. Now, filmmaker Hannelore Williams exposes the faces and stories behind the statistics in a new documentary-series.

NPR “Activists with HIV Fights to End Stigma” – HIV/AIDS Activist Reed Vreeland talks with NPR about the debilitating and harmful stigma he suffered growing up and how he channels that negativity into activism.

EGPAF “Our Voices In The Fight: Love: It’s A Human Fight” —  In the latest installment of our black history month series, “Our Voices in the Fight,” reggae artist and humanitarian Ziggy Marley shares why love should be the guiding principle in the flight to eliminate pediatric HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Baylor College of Medicine“Baylor Program to study genetic differences of disease in sub-Saharan African Children” – The Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital will study the genetic factors that affect the progression of tuberculosis (TB) and HIV in children living in sub-Saharan Africa.

EGPAF “Can A Polio-Free India Lead to An HIV-Free India” – India – once considered the most challenging place on earth to end polio – is now on the verge of announcing the disease’s eradication. EGPAF sees the progress as an opportunity to conquer another serious health challenge in India – pediatric HIV.

CARMMA“Compendium of Policy Briefs on Health, Nutrition and Population”— The Africa Union Commission recently released a compilation of policy briefs on health and social development developed in collaboration with partners, including EGPAF. The briefs are targeted at policy makers to ensure that they have a grasp of the key  issues in health and are adequately informed in formulating policies.