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.
This spring, African ministers of health met with the international community to stress the importance ending AIDS in children. This May 10 meeting in Abidjan laid the groundwork for the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free campaign that was launched at the 2016 UN High-Level Meeting on AIDS. The Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free framework is about galvanizing global momentum around a shared and ambitious agenda.