October 4, 2016
In July 2016, Chip Lyons, the president of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), traveled to Cameroon, for the ribbon cutting of a new office in Youndé, the capital city. EGPAF began working in Cameroon in 2000, with the historic Call to Action initiative that greatly expanded support for HIV prevention and treatment in the countries hardest hit by the pandemic.
September 29, 2016
Last week during her whirlwind visit to the United States, EGPAF ambassador, Josephine Nabukenya, took time out of her busy schedule to join me on a visit to Capitol Hill. While the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) often engages with Capitol Hill to educate offices on issues and legislation related to pediatric AIDS. It is especially impactful to be able to bring someone to a meeting who has been personally impacted by HIV as well as EGPAF programs.
September 28, 2016
Alice Tinga welcomes us into her tiny earthen home on the outskirts of a Maasai village near Aitong in Narok County, Kenya. Alice, 37, is one of the founding members of a peer support group for villagers living with HIV. We are soon joined by Stephen Koitumet, the HIV community facilitator who works with the local health center, who has arrived by motorbike.
September 21, 2016
Despite Malawi’s success in expanding HIV prevention, care, and treatment services, the proportion of people living with HIV who know their HIV status is only 53% ; well below the 90% target set in the country’s Strategic Plan for HIV and AIDS. Malawi aims to meet the ambitious 90-90-90 targets released by UNAIDS in 2014.
September 16, 2016
UNAIDS and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation hosted a high-level Congressional briefing in the United States Senate to increase momentum around an ambitious Super-Fast-Track framework—Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free. The initiative, which was launched by UNAIDS, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and partners in June 2016, outlines a set of time-bound targets to reach in order to stop new HIV infections among children, prevent new HIV infections among adolescents and young women and ensure access to antiretroviral treatment.
September 14, 2016
On August 25 - 26, 2016, Nairobi, Kenya hosted the second East African Community (EAC) Child Rights conference organized to launch the EAC Child Policy (adopted in March 2016) and to access progress towards realization of Child Rights in East Africa.
September 13, 2016
Turkana, Kenya’s largest county, juts out of Kenya’s barren northwest into Uganda, South Sudan, and Ethiopia. Swaths of the county are regularly beset by drought, flash floods, and bandits. The infrastructure is poor, with the cratered tarmac on some roads dating back 50 years, making travel between settlements long and perilous. The Internet is nearly a myth out here: email messages stall out; phone calls fail to connect.
September 12, 2016
EGPAF got an opportunity to talk with the First Lady of Ghana and OAFLA President Lordina Dramani Mahama about her experiences with OAFLA, and the progress being made to end AIDS in Ghana and across Africa.
September 8, 2016
Walking along the corridors of Ndhiwa Sub County Hospital in Homa Bay, Kenya, Julius Omuga greets patients with hearty handshakes; his presence creating an air of familiarity and warmness.
August 30, 2016
Margaret Awong’o lives in Lochorekaal, a village of about 20 families in northwest Kenya, not far from the South Sudan border. The villagers raise camels, weave baskets for barter, and gather wild fruits from the surrounding desert. As pastoralists, men and boys are often on the move, leading livestock to fresh grazing sites, leaving the women and girls to look after the general welfare of the village.