What We're Reading: A New Leader for Global Fund, Home-based Care for HIV, and HIV-Positive Teens
November 16, 2012
This week, we’re learning more about the new Executive Director of the Global Fund, thinking about personalized HIV treatment in Tanzania, and reading about how some teens born with HIV are making risky sexual choices.
New York Times
– "Global Fund Sees Changes, Not All of Them Welcomed
" The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria has a new executive director this week. Dr. Mark Dybul, an EGPAF Board Member and former head of PEPFAR, was selected to lead the organization, which is one of the largest funders of the global AIDS fight. EGPAF’s President and CEO Chip Lyons welcomed Dr. Dybul’s appointment in a statement
– "Tanzania: Arusha Embarks On HIV/Aids Home-Based Care
" In Tanzania, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is helping health care workers in Arusha, Tanzania offer psychosocial support to people living with HIV. The Foundation is working with regional partners to hold meetings to encourage health care workers to think about their patients' physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
– "Teens born with HIV not telling partners
" A new study is indicating that many youth living with HIV since birth either are unaware of their HIV status when they begin having sex or are aware of their status but do not tell their sexual partner(s). Dr. Laura Guay, vice president of research at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, was interviewed for this story, and talked about HIV disclosure and how the Foundation's Ambassadors program reaches out to teens to talk about living with HIV.
– "SWAZILAND: HIV stigma still a barrier
" According to an index performed by the Swaziland Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS, nearly half of Swazis living with HIV postpone getting treatment until the disease becomes advanced, and many are excluded by their friends and family and forbidden from speaking at community events because of the stigma around HIV/AIDS. This stigma also discourages people from getting tested for HIV, putting millions of people at risk.
– "Uganda: PMTCT - Good Strategy Afflicted By Stigma, Poverty and Poor Service Delivery
" A number of challenges, including poor treatment by health care workers, poverty, and a lack of access to drugs and good nutrition, are preventing women in Uganda from accessing prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT) services. In Uganda, 21% of HIV transmission occurs between a mother and her child.
Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.