News, commentary, and voices in the efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS in children worldwide.
February 14, 2011
Dr. Anja Giphart (Photo: EGPAF/Jen Pollakusky)
How will the U.S. continue to lead the largest, most comprehensive initiative to combat HIV and AIDS worldwide, while addressing the current economic realities here and abroad?
This was the question posed last week in Washington, D.C., at a meeting attended by the Foundation and convened by the U.S. Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).
The answer: by making smarter investments in programs that we know are working.
In a day-long meeting last week, a group of panelists, including the Foundation's Vice President of Program Implementation Dr. Anja Giphart, examined how to ensure programs like PEPFAR spend U.S. dollars efficiently and effectively, while saving the most possible lives.
Continue past the jump to read more about the meeting and Dr. Giphart's presentation, which highlighted the impact of successful HIV prevention programs.
Dr. Jeffrey Safrit
Los Angeles, California
February 10, 2011
(Photo: EGPAF/Mia Collis)
A new study has just published results on additional potential risks to HIV-exposed infants in Africa.
Even if those infants remain HIV-free, they are more susceptible to a host of other serious illnesses, and thus more likely to die in their first year of life without timely vaccinations.
The study was published earlier this week in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and one of its authors, Dr. Anneke Hesseling, was a recipient of the Foundation’s International Leadership Award (ILA).
Continue past the jump to read more about the study.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
February 7, 2011
Yasin (hand raised) participates in class
at his school in Tanzania.
Over the last two decades, the Foundation has helped to foster an irrepressible new emotion in those infected and affected by HIV: hope.
Each month we introduce you to someone who has directly benefit from the work of the Foundation around the world, a new story of hope. This month, we introduce you to Yasin from Tanzania. His story begins with the tragic death of his parents from AIDS, and ends in triumph.
Click past the jump to meet Yasin and learn more about the obstacles he has overcome with the help of the Foundation.
February 4, 2011
(Photo: Bill Cardoni)
Yesterday we introduced you to Janice McCall, one of our newest Foundation Ambassadors. Today, we're going to tell you more about one of the original Ambassadors, a young woman who has been working with the Foundation for nearly a decade, Ramona Belfiore.
A senior at Drew University in New Jersey, Ramona was recently the spotlight of a cover story in her school's magazine. She has led an amazing life, beginning in an orphanage in Romania before Bill and Susan Belfiore adopted her and three other HIV-positive orphans, taking them to the United States to grow up as a family.
Click past the jump to read more about Ramona and her family, and find a link to the Drew Magazine
feature story about her.
February 4, 2011
Potso rides the steep Lesotho terrain
This weekend, CNN International makes the trek to the mountains of Lesotho, following Foundation pony courier Potso Seoete as he delivers critical HIV drugs and test results on horseback to remote health clinics – located more than 10,000 feet above sea level.
while a CNN camera crew films.
The weekly feature program Inside Africa will highlight the Horse-Riding for Health program – developed by the Foundation in Lesotho to address that country’s unique challenges of access to HIV services – this weekend and next week.
Click after the jump to read more.
St. Petersburg, Florida
February 3, 2011
Janice shares her story with Foundation
staff earlier this week. (Photo: EGPAF)
We're incredibly fortunate at the Foundation to have a group of ambassadors that travels around the United States and the world sharing their personal stories, educating communities about pediatric AIDS, and advocating on the Foundation's behalf.
All of our Foundation Ambassadors have been affected by HIV and AIDS, and listening to their personal triumphs, dedication to fighting HIV and AIDS, and optimism for the future continue to inspire us and our supports to continue our work.
Earlier this week we were lucky enough to have our friend and Ambassador, Janice McCall, stop by our Washington, D.C., office on her way to speak to a school in Baltimore. She shared her emotional life story with a room full of Foundation staff.
Click past the jump to read a guest blog from Janice about growing up with HIV.