August 8, 2016
As the 2016 International AIDS Conference wrapped up, a renewed energy was surging through the community of Durban. I was impressed that despite a busy whirlwind week, there seemed to be a harmonious synergy of ideas and collaboration on how we can end AIDS. Youth voices and participation are what we need to get us there. On the last day of the conference, as I strolled through the Global Village, passing performer after youth group after radio show after local artisans, a warming feeling filled my heart. It was one of unity and empowerment.
August 4, 2016
On Sunday July 17, 2016, my girlfriend Kerry and I touched down in Durban, South Africa. We were greeted with smiles, an amazingly vibrant community, and the familiar sound of waves crashing on the shoreline. A good night’s sleep was immensely needed by both of us as the next morning kicked off the 2016 International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2016) and the week ahead promised to be full of activity!
August 3, 2016
It's been a little more than a week and a half since #AIDS2016 wrapped up in Durban, but we're still buzzing with excitement. The 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) was held from July 18 through 22, in Durban, South Africa.
July 27, 2016
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), with funding from ViiV Healthcare, launched a new program on June 28, 2016. A one-year, renewable award from ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action for Adolescents Fund, will allow EGPAF-Kenya to implement the program in 50 sites in Kenya’s Homa Bay County. The Red Carpet program, targets adolescents with HIV to help curb rising infections and AIDS-related deaths among the group; it is geared towards improving access and uptake of HIV testing and counseling, as well as retention to care and treatment.
June 22, 2016
It’s 107 degrees Fahrenheit at midday in a village outside of Lodwar, Kenya. Goats and children dash across the sand, while most adults have retreated to the sensible shade of their manyattas, traditional family homes built of sticks, thatch, and mud. Two women in long white coats, Esther Kapoko and Anna Akeru, stride through the village.
June 16, 2016
On June 16, 1976, more than 10,000 school children in the Soweto township outside Johannesburg, South Africa, marched to protest apartheid. Police fired into the crowd, killing 23 children and setting off the Soweto Uprising that resulted in hundreds of deaths. This day has been memorialized as the International Day of the African Child. It is a day for reflecting on the challenges, opportunities, and rights of African children—particularly when it comes to education.
June 14, 2016
The world came together last week at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS to measure how far we have come and chart a way forward to the end of AIDS by 2030. We’ve come very far, very fast, particularly in reducing new HIV infections in children. EGPAF's Chip Lyons discusses next steps toward and AIDS-free generation.
June 6, 2016
EGPAF’s longtime partner, Jewelers for Children, announced its 2016 commitment to an AIDS-free generation with a generous $700,000 donation to help EGPAF reach more women, children and families with lifesaving programs.
June 2, 2016
Kat, the 2016 UP THE FIGHT Top Fundraiser, just finished her first year at the University of California Los Angeles. Before she heads to Zimbabwe with EGPAF in a few weeks, she took a minute to introduce herself and to explain her love for Africa, the Pediatric AIDS Coalition and Dance Marathon.