March 2014

Celebrating EGPAF’s Women of Courage

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Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) Ambassador Tatu Msangi is living with HIV, but thanks to prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services,  her daughter, Faith, is HIV-free.

This past June, she shared her story during the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)’s 10-year anniversary celebration.

"I'm a woman who is helping my country to fight this terrible disease now and for years to come," Msangi said during the event.

"As a nurse, I can tell you that when the first HIV test is carried out on a baby and it's negative, it is amazing to see the relief and joy on a mother's face. I remember that feeling so many years ago, fighting so hard to keep my daughter [healthy] and free of HIV. Today, Faith and I have a bright future ahead of us. Faith enjoys school, and I'm hopeful that she will continue to excel. My daughter Faith is all the proof you need that an AIDS-free generation is possible."

Today, we join the U.S. Department of State in celebrating International Women of Courage like Tatu Msangi, who bravely share their stories on a global scale. Their advocacy gives hope to women around the world, letting them know that it is possible to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Join the conversation, follow  #IWOC and EGPAF on Twitter to learn more about today's 2014 International Women of Courage Award ceremony.