News, commentary, and voices in the efforts to eliminate HIV and AIDS in children worldwide.
December 28, 2010
Maamohelang Hlala sitting outside her
home near Mokhotlong, Lesotho.
On last week’s special 20/20 episode on global health, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts visited a Foundation-supported clinic nestled in the mountains of Lesotho. She followed a special Foundation pony courier there as he delivered lifesaving drugs and test results to mothers and pregnant women living with HIV in the isolated villages surrounding the clinic .
She also sat down with one of those mothers, Maamohelang, and her husband to talk about how receiving those drugs at the clinic changed their lives. They had discovered that they were both HIV-positive only after their baby boy became sick a few years ago. Soon after they lost their infant son to AIDS, Maamohelang discovered that she was once again pregnant.
Click past the jump to find out more of her story, and to see what happened after the cameras stopped rolling.
Evan Von Leer
December 20, 2010
Potso, one of the Horse-riders for Health,
and his horse, Rooikat are filmed.
If you visited our website last week, follow us on Twitter, or are our friend on Facebook, you probably know that the Foundation was featured as part of the ABC News series on global health, “Be the Change: Save a Life.”
The series kicked off on Friday night’s television show ABC 20/20, and showcased the Foundation’s innovative “Horse-riding for Health” program. ABC’s Deborah Roberts followed a pony courier to deliver drugs and test results to fight HIV in remote clinics in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho.
If you missed Friday's ABC 20/20, you can see the video after the jump and learn more about how you can support the Foundation's work around the world.
December 17, 2010
Potso Seoete and his horse Rooikat
rest after a long journey. (Photo: EGPAF)
On December 17 at 10 p.m. ET, the long-running ABC News program 20/20
will launch the “Be the Change: Save a Life” series, highlighting the world’s top global health issues, including HIV/AIDS. The inaugural episode will profile the pony riders of Lesotho and their integral role in the Foundation’s HIV prevention, care, and treatment initiatives.
In late November, Foundation Media Manager Bob Yule accompanied ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts, along with the Foundation Country Director for Lesotho Dr. Leo Buhendwa and a film crew, high into the mountains of Lesotho to document the Horse-riding for Health program.
Click past the jump for a behind-the-scenes account of the week-long trip, along with links to more amazing photos and video, and to learn more about Potso, one of the horse-riders for health.
December 16, 2010
Last month, the Foundation's Zambia office participated in a pediatric conference hosted by the Zambia Paediatric Association in the nation's capital city, Lusaka. Organized and attended by key partners in Zambia, the focus of the conference was on pediatric medical care.
Veronica Tembo, a nurse trainer for the Foundation in Zambia, attended the conference and gave a speech that discussed the key elements to achieve elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Zambia.
Click past the jump for Veronica's account of the conference.
December 13, 2010
Several hours southeast of Abidjan, the nation of Côte d’Ivoire's capital city, lies the Ayame General Hospital where two doctors are fighting every day to make a difference for people infected and affected by HIV.
Dr. Jeanne Mbo and Dr. Annie Diokouri spend much of their time visiting local villages to provide an assortment of health care services to people who are in need but cannot afford the high transportation costs to get to the hospital, and at local orphanages providing pediatric support to children.
In October, the Foundation's Senior Public Policy and Advocacy Officer Rhoda Igweta paid a visit to the doctors during a trip to the west-African country. Click past the jump to read more about these two champions for the Ayame community.
Photo: A mother and her baby wait to be seen by a doctor at Ayame General Hospital. (EGPAF)
December 13, 2010
Rwanda is a country making great strides in the efforts to eliminate pediatric HIV and AIDS. Much of that progress has come as a result of great collaboration between policy makers, international and national researchers, development partners and health care workers.
In late-November, more than 400 people belonging to all of these groups convened at the 6th National Pediatric Conference on children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Rwanda. The main topic of focus for the conference was the role of different sectors in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The conference resulted in multiple recommendations on both prevention of mother-to-child transmission, as well as care and treatment, and the Foundation's own Mary Pat Kieffer, and Dr. Denis Tindyebwa presented keynote speeches.
Click past the jump for a more detailed recap of the conference from Foundation Communications Officer for Rwanda Esperance Nikuze, who was on hand for the event.