August 25, 2016
David Ogoro stands at the head of an improvised classroom at the Kendu Bay Sub-district Hospital, energetically leading a discussion about barriers to HIV adherence. His pupils are keenly engaged and participate freely, but the only sound is that of hands brushing together to form words. This is a psychosocial support group for deaf people living with HIV in Kendu Bay, Kenya, a town on the shore of Lake Victoria in Homa Bay County.
August 24, 2016
Earlier this month, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) hosted eight students from four universities, to share information about the foundation and to prepare for a successful season of dance marathons. Although the school year is still weeks away, the dedicated college students in charge of the UP 4 THE FIGHT Dance Marathons are already planning their events and fundraising campaigns.
August 17, 2016
Right now, more than 100 million people around the world, are in need of humanitarian assistance—whether because of natural disaster, civil war, gender-based violence, or some other crisis. World Humanitarian Day, August 19, is an occasion to focus on people in need and the relief workers who are meeting their needs. One issue that is sometimes overlooked in discussions about refugee populations is the challenge of linking displaced people to lifesaving HIV services.
August 12, 2016
While the global mortality rate of HIV has declined over the past 15 years—due to more cost-effective and increasingly accessible antiretroviral medication (ART)—young people ages 15–24, account for 35 percent of new HIV infections. AIDS remains the leading cause of death of adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. Today, on International Youth Day, we introduce a young woman from Zambia who is making a difference while living with HIV—as a counselor in the Tisamala Teens program.
August 11, 2016
Hi, it’s Kat again, the 2016 UP 4 THE FIGHT Top Fundraiser. I can’t believe it has been over a month since my trip to Harare, Zimbabwe with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)! Before I left, I was unsure of what to expect. I had no idea what the people, the clinics, the country would be like. When I arrived, I quickly realized that it would be a life-changing experience.
August 8, 2016
As the 2016 International AIDS Conference wrapped up, a renewed energy was surging through the community of Durban. I was impressed that despite a busy whirlwind week, there seemed to be a harmonious synergy of ideas and collaboration on how we can end AIDS. Youth voices and participation are what we need to get us there. On the last day of the conference, as I strolled through the Global Village, passing performer after youth group after radio show after local artisans, a warming feeling filled my heart. It was one of unity and empowerment.
July 27, 2016
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), with funding from ViiV Healthcare, launched a new program on June 28, 2016. A one-year, renewable award from ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action for Adolescents Fund, will allow EGPAF-Kenya to implement the program in 50 sites in Kenya’s Homa Bay County. The Red Carpet program, targets adolescents with HIV to help curb rising infections and AIDS-related deaths among the group; it is geared towards improving access and uptake of HIV testing and counseling, as well as retention to care and treatment.
June 22, 2016
It’s 107 degrees Fahrenheit at midday in a village outside of Lodwar, Kenya. Goats and children dash across the sand, while most adults have retreated to the sensible shade of their manyattas, traditional family homes built of sticks, thatch, and mud. Two women in long white coats, Esther Kapoko and Anna Akeru, stride through the village.
June 16, 2016
On June 16, 1976, more than 10,000 school children in the Soweto township outside Johannesburg, South Africa, marched to protest apartheid. Police fired into the crowd, killing 23 children and setting off the Soweto Uprising that resulted in hundreds of deaths. This day has been memorialized as the International Day of the African Child. It is a day for reflecting on the challenges, opportunities, and rights of African children—particularly when it comes to education.