March 2, 2016
March 1 was Zero Discrimination Day, which the United Nations introduced in 2014 as an opportunity for people to ”share their stories and photos as a way to end discrimination and work towards positive transformation.” Today, we bring you the story of an extraordinary couple changing their community in rural Zimbabwe.
February 25, 2016
Great strides have been made in preventing new mother-to-child HIV transmission and in controlling the virus in children who have it, but there is still a long way to go before pediatric HIV infection is eliminated, according to a recent review in the New England Journal of Medicine co-authored by Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, of UMass Medical School, and Lynne M. Mofenson, MD, of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
February 23, 2016
In commemoration of the United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice, EGPAF posts this article by Loveness Zangaphe. Loveness is a Malawian woman living with HIV who has found financial freedom and a role in her village through the dedicated work of a community-based organization.
February 17, 2016
Standing in front of a large crowd, 17-year-old Phenny narrates her experience of living with HIV. Phenny was born with HIV. She grips the microphone, as she bravely braces herself to address hundreds of congregants who had gathered for the adolescent health symposium in Homa Bay- the first of its kind in Kenya. This is not the first time she has spoken before a crowd. Ever since Phenny learned of her status years ago, she has had to defend herself from stigma and discrimination.
February 11, 2016
“We must change our ways or else we perish..." By custom, men in rural Zimbabwe do not involve themselves in family health matters. This often meant that family members did not get tested for HIV and that treatment was delayed or avoided. It also promoted murkiness and stigma about HIV, increasing the risk that a pregnant woman living with the virus would not get the support that she needed to prevent transmitting the virus to her child — who then might not get tested and treated.
February 10, 2016
EGPAF Ambassador and actress, Fatima Ptacek, recently joined students at College of the Holy Cross for their 5th annual dance marathon to support EGPAF's work to end AIDS in children.
February 8, 2016
The 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) was held on the margins of the African Union Commission (AUC) Heads of State meeting late last month, with the theme “Advancing Sustainable Partnership to End Pediatric AIDS and Improve Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights.” The theme of the General Assembly’s meeting could not have been more appropriate; The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and OAFLA have come together to work towards ending AIDS in children.
February 3, 2016
EGPAF used Power BI to create the Data Dashboard. This interactive visualization tool summarizes EGPAF’s core work in HIV prevention, care and treatment services. It supports EGPAF’s efforts to use data to evaluate the efficiency, reach and effectiveness of its programs and communicate that information clearly to a variety of technical and consumer audiences.
February 2, 2016
Bommu Anitha is a licensed social worker counseling HIV-positive women at the Jyothi Hospital in Miryagluda, India. She is also living with HIV. Her own journey out of despair helps her provide support to other HIV-positive women, facing uncertainty about their future and stigma from their communities.
January 20, 2016
Through the initiation of lifelong treatment for pregnant women living with HIV, health workers in Tanzania are better able to track HIV-exposed babies and improve their chances of being HIV-free or enrolled in HIV treatment, if needed.