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.
November 1, 2016
EGPAF in Mozambique is implementing the Accelerating Children Treatment (ACT) initiative in priority districts in the country’s Gaza province.
Initiated last year, thanks to funding from PEPFAR and CIFF, ACT is aiming to double the number of children receiving lifesaving antiretroviral therapy across 10 priority African countries.
October 27, 2016
Tina Louise Dassé has been working as a community counselor since 2009 for Femmes Active, a local organization that works with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at General Hospital of Koumassi in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s, Project Djidja. Louise has seen patients of all ages, social statuses, and genders—women, children, men, families, young, old—pass through the HIV testing and counseling services she provides.
October 26, 2016
Hellen Abura, 53, is a businesswoman and mother living in Homa Bay, Kenya. She purchases dagger fish on the beach in Mbita and transports them inland to sell. Hellen has been living with HIV for the past 12 years. Her husband died from an AIDS-related illness in 2004, but, thanks to strict adherence to her treatment, she has continued to lead a healthy, productive life. Fortunately, all of her four grown children are HIV negative.
October 13, 2016
Emily Njerengo is a peer educator in rural Malawi. She is living with HIV; she lost her two children and husband to AIDS-related illnesses. Emily credits a safe motherhood support group with having helped her move past her grief and find a purpose educating and counseling other women. She was trained by the Foundation for Community and Capacity Development (FOCCAD), a community-based organization that receives technical assistance from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).
October 10, 2016
At 14, Corazon Aquino is finally a big sister, a role she finds “exciting”. She enjoys helping her mother care for 1-month old Rose and thinks about her future, when she will be a doctor and have three children of her own. She feels secure knowing that her children, like her baby sister, can be born HIV-free. Both Corazon and her mother, Esther Opinya, are living with HIV.
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.