November 2014

EGPAF and Riders for Health Partnership to Fight AIDS in Malawi Featured on BBC News

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Almost 1 million people in Malawi are currently living with HIV, but the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and Riders for Health are committed to getting that number to zero. 

Since July, EGPAF and Riders for Health have been working together to employ and train a team of eight motorcycle couriers to expedite the delivery of laboratory samples to district hospitals and then return HIV test results to patients—including mothers and their HIV-exposed infants—making it easier and faster for people to learn their HIV status and start a treatment regimen.

When it comes to getting HIV test results for infants and children, every minute counts.  As Nicole Buono, EGPAF’s country director in Malawi explained to the BBC in a recent interview, “Riders for Health is helping us get test results back faster and initiate children on treatment to save their lives.”

Watch the full BBC story to learn more about our exciting partnership with Riders for Health and hear the stories of Madalitso and Kufa—two of Malawi's riders.

The partnership between Riders for Health and EGPAF is made possible thanks to support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Malawi MOH.