December 21, 2016
The first 1,000 days of life—from pregnancy to 2 years of age—is a critical period for health and survival. Adequate maternal and child nutrition during this period is crucial for both cognitive and physical development. Stunting, in particular, affects brain development and is associated with lower cognitive abilities, poor school performance, and lower earnings throughout life.
December 14, 2016
Loness Kadaya and Victoria Bliati are HIV-positive. They both volunteer at Ntcheu District Hospital, located in the Central Region of Malawi, as Expert Clients, a position at health facilities designed for openly HIV-positive leaders in the community.
December 13, 2016
The training room at the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Health Centre in the dusty border town of Maputsoe, Lesotho, is filled with women dressed in white. Several of them crowd around a cube-shaped machine, small enough to fit inside a plastic grocery bag, on the tabletop at the front.
December 8, 2016
Many of the infants arrive weighing two pounds or less and remain at the center for as long as two months as they grow healthy. Mothers stay with their babies for this entire period, sleeping in a dormitory integrated into the unit. This hospital is a godsend for low-income families in this sprawling capital city. From incubators to a fully equipped lab, the hospital provides high-quality care for free.
November 17, 2016
At Kikyenkye Health Centre III near Ibanda, Uganda, I met 26-year-old Janipher Kyarimpa. We sat inside the maternity room, the walls lined with multiple posters about the benefits of antenatal care on one side and the significance of testing for HIV on another.
November 15, 2016
Gertrude Mwiinga, 40, says that she used to be ashamed about living with HIV and was afraid to tell her son, Sholdon, that he, too, had been infected with the virus. However, through the support of health workers at the Mbuya Daisy site in Mukuyo, Zambia, she found the strength to help him accept his HIV status.
November 10, 2016
In 1993, when Javis Ndugutse was three years old, he was diagnosed with HIV. At the time, Uganda did not have access to lifesaving antiretroviral drugs.
November 8, 2016
Fourteen years ago, at the height of the HIV crisis in Zimbabwe, Linda Ngerenge gave birth to twins. One year later, Linda’s husband and one of her twins passed away because of AIDS-related illnesses. At that time, Linda and her second twin were both diagnosed HIV-positive and were initiated on antiretroviral therapy. Both are healthy today.
November 2, 2016
On October 28, 2016, EGPAF celebrated milestones of its project, Pamoja. Pamoja is the Swahili word for “together”. Funded by PEPFAR through the CDC, the six-year Pamoja Project aided in the testing of more than 1.4 million people for HIV and scaled up access to HIV antiretroviral treatment, by starting more than 48,000 patients on HIV medicines.