April 10, 2013
Thandi Hall and her family are on the adventure of a lifetime, bicycling from Pemba, Mozambique to Paris, France to raise money for EGPAF. Over the next nine months, Thandi, a native of South Africa, will be sharing stories and photos from the trip.
April 9, 2013
Global health advocates gathered on Monday at the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill to mark the release of a new briefing on the status of the United States’ global health efforts. Titled “Global Health – Investing In Our Future” and hosted by InterAction, the presentation showed the unity of the global health community and indicated that the U.S. government’s investments in global health have paid considerable dividends.
April 5, 2013
This week, we’re learning about how Zambia is fighting HIV, reading about how prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV efforts are succeeding across southern Africa, finding out more about HIV funding changes for 2013, and thinking about how Elizabeth Glaser’s doctor has fought for people living with HIV for 30 years.
April 5, 2013
In June 1981, a young doctor named Dr. Michael Gottlieb published an article written with several colleagues in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.” The article noted the emergence of pneumocystis pneumonia among gay men in the Los Angeles area. Little did Dr. Gottlieb know at the time that these cases were the first identified instances of what would become known as AIDS.
April 4, 2013
As I read the news of the infant girl in Mississippi who had been ‘functionally cured’ of HIV, it renews my faith and reenergizes my hope that we will one day find a cure for this deadly virus.
April 4, 2013
Where will you be 1,000 days from now? Will you live in the same place? Will you be married? Have children? Maybe both? 1,000 days may seem like a world away, but it's not.
April 3, 2013
Last week, after months of political wrangling, Congress passed legislation to finance the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. When looking at the funding levels for U.S. foreign assistance, we found both good and bad news for the global fight against HIV and AIDS.
April 2, 2013
The needs of HIV-positive women living in remote areas were front and center at the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), held last month in Atlanta, GA. A few weeks later, EGPAF staff gathered to talk about the conference and what its findings mean for people living with HIV around the world. Conversations at the meeting focused on important discoveries made in programs and research throughout the field of public health, including discoveries that may affect HIV programs. The presentations showed both promising outcomes from research studies and programs, and potential barriers to achieving optimal results.
April 1, 2013
Amazw'Entombi. That's "Voices of the Girls," in isiXhosa, one of South Africa's eleven official languages. Amazw'Entombi was also a writing club for teen-aged girls in Gugulethu township, outside Cape Town. I established and led this club in 2010 as a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa. Half of the girls had lost their mothers to AIDS, and several are HIV positive themselves.
March 29, 2013
This week, we’re reading about how texting is helping women in Tanzania have healthier pregnancies, thinking about the connection between HIV and tuberculosis (TB), learning about a new EGPAF-supported program in Malawi, and remembering the importance of fighting for women and girls.