News, commentary, and voices in the efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS in children worldwide.
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.
Dr. Laura Guay
February 2, 2011
(Photo: Jon Hrusa/EGPAF)
Earlier this week, a panel on Capitol Hill discussed global efforts to eliminate new HIV infections in children. Organized by amfAR and sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the briefing featured experts from PEPFAR-funded programs, including the Foundation's Vice President of Research Dr. Laura Guay.
Dr. Guay has spent her career working on pediatric HIV/AIDS in both Africa and the United States. She was part of the landmark HIVNET 012 trial in Uganda, which was the first study to determine a simple and effective method to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV in low- and middle-income countries.
Click past the jump to read Dr. Guay’s reflections on the momentum of global PMTCT efforts over the past decade – thanks to programs like PEPFAR, private donors, and the work of the Foundation and its partners.
New York City
February 1, 2011
Dancers at the 2011 Columbia University
Dance Marathon. (Photo: EGPAF)
The first Dance Marathon of the 2011 season is in the books, and it was a memorable one. More than 170 student-dancers at Columbia University spent 18 hours dancing and raised nearly $50,000 to help support the Foundation's mission to eliminate pediatric AIDS.
In its 11th year, the Columbia University Dance Marathon and its supporters have raised more than $500,000 for the Foundation. This year's contribution could help more than 3,330 HIV-positive women around the world deliver health babies.
Click past the jump to read an event recap from Columbia University senior and co-chair of the Dance Marathon steering committee, Rachel Faber.
February 1, 2011
For mothers living in low- and middle-income countries, breastfeeding is a vitally important source of nutrition for their babies. But for those mothers living with HIV, it is also a potential source of transmission of the virus that causes AIDS.
In recent years, several studies have focused on how to allow HIV-positive mothers to breastfeed more safely and increase their babies’ chances of HIV-free survival.
Click past the jump to read more about a new study reported on by The New York Times and published in the medical journal The Lancet.