February 15, 2012
While all eyes have been on the African Cup of Nations football tournament, audiences at the Pan African Film & Arts Festival in L.A. have been watching a movie about a different type of contest – an African football player versus HIV. The movie had its genesis six years ago, when the Discovery Channel began an innovative filming project to bring HIV prevention and treatment messages to a new generation in sub-Saharan Africa. Now, that movie – “Inside Story: The Science of HIV/AIDS” – is a reality.
February 7, 2012
This week, we’ve been reading about the crucial role of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) as a part of a larger prevention strategy to help end the AIDS epidemic. A packed briefing covered this important topic on Capitol Hill last week, featuring speakers discussing a number of innovative methods to reduce HIV infections. The panel included the Foundation’s own Dr. RJ Simonds talking about PMTCT and the potential to virtually eliminate pediatric AIDS as the first step to an AIDS-free generation.
Last week, EGPAF-South Africa marked the conclusion of eight successful years of a groundbreaking HIV prevention, care, and treatment program called Project HEART. A celebratory event in Johannesburg highlighted the program’s achievements in South Africa: more than 215,000 people received HIV care and support services, and well over half a million women received PMTCT services, averting at least 30,000 pediatric HIV infections.
January 27, 2012
A new ally has joined mothers around the world fighting to ensure that their babies are protected from the ravages of HIV. The Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born Free of HIV officially launched today at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Business Leadership Council is comprised of representatives from diverse industries and countries, but all committed to the same ambitious goal: ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015.
In many countries, ministries of health are revising national HIV/AIDS guidelines to incorporate recent World Health Organization recommendations that define standards of HIV care and service delivery approaches.
To support those efforts, the Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a set of clinical standard operating procedure (SOP) templates to support HIV prevention and care and treatment services in low-resource settings.
January 6, 2012
As we start a new year at the Foundation, we wanted to take a moment to look back and pay tribute to a friend we lost at the very end of 2011 – the photographer Jon Hrusa.
You’ve probably seen his name in the photo credits below some truly stunning images throughout our website and in our materials. Based in South Africa, Jon worked with the Foundation for almost a decade documenting the impact of our HIV prevention and treatment programs in the region.
In tribute to Jon, we’ve collected ten of our favorite photos from him, with links to some of the stories behind them.