A Melody of Health and Hope
With the help of popular Ugandan singer and composer Sylver Kyagulanyi, Foundation staff in Uganda created an inspiring song about health, hope, and the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Listen to the song on our Web site.
Support a Year of Progress
Help us to ensure another year of prevention, care, and treatment for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS by donating to the Foundation. It's not too late to double the impact of your 2009 gift. February is "Matching Gifts Month," so remember to contact your employer to find out how they will match your contribution to the Foundation. With every generous gift, we make progress towards our ultimate goal: a generation free of HIV. Donate now.
Our Hero: Webkinz
Webkinz World™, the popular children's virtual world, has developed the Caring Valley™ initiative to teach children about child-focused charities in a fun environment. As part of the program, Webkinz Foundation will donate $1 million among the participating charities, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Read more.
Dancing for Donations!
This past weekend Columbia University hosted its annual "Up For the Fight" Dance Marathon, that raised more than $47,000 for the Foundation. Special student events like these increase awareness of the pediatric AIDS epidemic and raise support for our continued global commitment to families affected by HIV/AIDS. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Baldwin-Wallace College will play host to Dance Marathons in February:
UCLA: February 13-14
Baldwin-Wallace: February 27
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Children at an EGPAF-supported Ariel Children's Camp, Kigali, Rwanda - December 2009. Photo courtesy of James Pursey.
Charles (Chip) Lyons joined the Foundation as president and CEO this month, bringing with him years of experience and dedication to children's health, HIV/AIDS, and global development. In his inaugural President's Message, Chip writes:
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is Proud to Welcome Charles 'Chip' Lyons as New President and CEO
"A new year is always a time for change. But this new year is especially significant for me personally, as I joined the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation as President and CEO on January 4.
It is an exciting time to be here. The world continues to unite behind extraordinary international commitments to curtail the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and more and more of the world's leaders recognize that creating a generation free of HIV must be our collective priority."
Read more from Chip's President's Message here.
On January 15, a landmark report was submitted to the U.S. Congress providing recommendations to scale-up services to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. The report delivers expert findings from PMTCT leaders around the world, including members of the Foundation, and offers insight on both past successes, and information critical to preventing future infections. Read more.
Congressionally-Mandated PMTCT Expert Panel Report Highlights Successes and Challenges Ahead
A woman receives HIV care and treatment at an EGPAF-supported clinic in Tanzania - February 2009. Photo courtesy of Nigel Barker, LLC.
As of June 30, 2009, the Foundation provided close to eight million pregnant women with the medicines they need to help prevent transmission of HIV to their infants, according to newly released data. For more information on EGPAF's international progress, click here.
Numbers Speak Louder than Words
With Mickey Mouse ears in hand, several Foundation staffers travelled to Nairobi, Kenya, to participate in a leadership training led by the Disney Institute. The training brought together 64 Foundation employees to discuss strategies, challenges, and shared goals within the organization. The Walt Disney Company, the parent organization of the Disney Institute, is a valued partner of the Foundation's, acting as the title sponsor of our annual A Time for Heroes Celebrity Picnic, including the upcoming event in 2010. Read more about Disney's longtime support of the Foundation here.
The Foundation Participates in Disney Leadership Training in Nairobi