News, commentary, and voices in the efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS in children worldwide.
A child's drawing of a health center
appears in the book. (Photo: EGPAF)
“Talking about AIDS makes me remember my parents’ death…I want to have two children – a girl and a boy – so that I can give them my mom’s and dad’s names.”
This is just one of many powerful testimonials from children living with HIV featured in a remarkable new book, “I Want to Be Somebody.”
The book was produced by a collaboration between the Foundation and famous Mozambican novelist Paulina Chiziane. She traveled throughout the country with Foundation staff to interview children about the hardships of their early years, and their hopes for the future.
Click past the jump to read more.
June 23, 2011
Foundation Vice President RJ Simonds
speaks during the Congressional Global
Health Caucus briefing on global health
and children. (Photo: EGPAF/Bob Yule)
Last week, the Foundation brought the issue of pediatric AIDS to Capitol Hill as part of a Congressional Global Health Caucus briefing on global health and children.
The Foundation joined World Vision, Save the Children, and CARE USA in a packed room to discuss child-focused global health programs. Congressional staffers from more than 25 offices learned about childhood diseases and health issues, and numerous success stories of U.S.-funded programs to keep children alive and healthy.
Click past the jump for a recap from the briefing by Foundation Public Policy Officer Katie Lapides.
June 21, 2011
UNAIDS global action plan to eliminate
new HIV infection in infants.
On the heels of the 30th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis, we’ve been reading about a new international call to eliminate HIV in one entire segment of the population: infants and young children.
A United Nations High-Level Meeting on AIDS produced a new global action plan to end all new HIV infections in infants by 2015. A number of Congressional champions issued statements addressing the importance of U.S. leadership in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and Voice of America and The New York Times
reported on both 30 years in the fight against AIDS and the new global plan. A busy week ended as the Foundation highlighted U.S. leadership on the issue with an ad in both Roll Call
and Congressional Quarterly
Click past the jump to read a more in-depth analysis of the week's events and coverage from Senior Public Policy and Advocacy Officer for Africa at the Foundation, Jen Pollakusky.
June 17, 2011
The week of the annual A Time for Heroes celebrity picnic in Los Angeles is always particularly hectic for everyone at the Foundation. This year it was made a little more so as the 15th Annual Webby Awards were held the very next evening...nearly 2,500 miles away in New York City.
The Foundation was awarded both a Webby Award and a Webby People's Voice Award in the Public Service and Activism Video category
Foundation Senior Media Affairs Manager Robert Yule went from coast to coast to attend both events. Click past the jump for a more detailed play-by-play of a whirlwind 24 hours.
June 16, 2011
Photo Courtesy of Chris Weeks/Getty
Foundation supporters and celebrities gathered in sunny Santa Monica this past weekend for the 22nd annual A Time For Heroes Celebrity Picnic, sponsored by Disney.
At this year’s safari-themed event, guests joined the Foundation for fun, games, and great food – all to support the Foundation’s mission to eliminate pediatric AIDS.
Elizabeth Glaser started the event in Los Angeles in 1990, just two years after she created the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Its purpose was to raise critical money and awareness to fight AIDS in children.
Read more after the jump.
June 13, 2011
Dr. Susan Strasser at the 2011 Yale
University School of Nursing
(Photo: Yale University)
It’s not every day that you have an opportunity to inspire a group of talented young graduates to make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Last week, Foundation Country Director for Zambia Dr. Susan Strasser did just that as she stood before the graduating class at her alma mater, Yale University’s School of Nursing, to deliver the 2011 commencement address, “Nursing at the Front Lines of the AIDS Pandemic.”
Click past the jump for a more detailed recap of her inspiring speech and for an interview with Dr. Strasser explaining how the Foundation is working to eliminate pediatric AIDS in Zambia.