March 6, 2017
At EGPAF, we’re celebrating progress made – we’ve provided over 26 million women with services they need to prevent passing HIV on to their babies.
Women are central to our fight to end pediatric HIV/AIDS. Ending AIDS in children depends on the commitment of women in their families and communities. These women inspire us, and we hope that they inspire you too!
March 6, 2017
Justine Sirri is a 29-year-old mother of two living in Bamenda, the Anglophone capital of Cameroon’s northwest region. “I am happy,” she says, “I like being a mother.”
Last year Justine was “sick on and off” and suspected that she had malaria. When she came to Bingo Baptist Hospital for treatment, she was counseled and tested for HIV. She discovered that she is HIV-positive. Despite being aware of the challenges that would lie ahead, Justine took the news in stride.
March 1, 2017
Most of the children are orphans—with one or both parents having perished from AIDS-related causes. One in four persons in this fishing community on the shore of Lake Victoria is living with HIV.
February 22, 2017
February 20 is designated as the World Day of Social Justice. Gender equality is an important lens through which to view social justice. This is particularly true when it comes to adolescent girls, who are less likely to complete their education and more likely to become infected with HIV than are adolescent boys. Mama County Says, a program in western Kenya, addresses both of these issues.
February 16, 2017
Catherine Sie Akoua Kouassi, Community Linkage Advisor, has been working with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics Foundation in Cote d’Ivoire since 2006. She has been at the forefront of the epidemic in her country well before her employment with EGPAF. Cathy has tirelessly demonstrated her passion for ending AIDS and is well respected in the field by her peers. She has been a strong advocate, designer and supporter of Cote d’Ivoire’s community strategies efforts.
February 14, 2017
Vardi recently launched the Million Key Movement with the goal of raising $1,000,000 for Jewelers for Children’s partners, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
February 7, 2017
Stella is a 32-year-old mother living in Chundu village, Zimbabwe. She has three children, aged 9, 5, and 1. Stella delivered all of her children at the antenatal care clinic at Hurungwe District Hospital. Now she volunteers there as a peer facilitator.
January 31, 2017
Boris is a 43-year-old mechanic living in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, a bustling coastal city in West Africa. He enjoys a full and happy life with his longtime girlfriend and 16-year-old son. When he is not working on cars, he works on his body—lifting weights to build muscle mass and definition. He has never competed as a bodybuilder, but he takes pride that he is approaching middle age with a fit appearance.
January 25, 2017
Immaculate Akinyi Onditi, an HIV-positive mother of three HIV-free children refuses to be stigmatized by the disease -- choosing instead to inspire others.