September 16, 2016
UNAIDS and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation hosted a high-level Congressional briefing in the United States Senate to increase momentum around an ambitious Super-Fast-Track framework—Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free. The initiative, which was launched by UNAIDS, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and partners in June 2016, outlines a set of time-bound targets to reach in order to stop new HIV infections among children, prevent new HIV infections among adolescents and young women and ensure access to antiretroviral treatment.
September 14, 2016
On August 25 - 26, 2016, Nairobi, Kenya hosted the second East African Community (EAC) Child Rights conference organized to launch the EAC Child Policy (adopted in March 2016) and to access progress towards realization of Child Rights in East Africa.
September 13, 2016
Turkana, Kenya’s largest county, juts out of Kenya’s barren northwest into Uganda, South Sudan, and Ethiopia. Swaths of the county are regularly beset by drought, flash floods, and bandits. The infrastructure is poor, with the cratered tarmac on some roads dating back 50 years, making travel between settlements long and perilous. The Internet is nearly a myth out here: email messages stall out; phone calls fail to connect.
September 12, 2016
EGPAF got an opportunity to talk with the First Lady of Ghana and OAFLA President Lordina Dramani Mahama about her experiences with OAFLA, and the progress being made to end AIDS in Ghana and across Africa.
September 8, 2016
Walking along the corridors of Ndhiwa Sub County Hospital in Homa Bay, Kenya, Julius Omuga greets patients with hearty handshakes; his presence creating an air of familiarity and warmness.
August 30, 2016
Margaret Awong’o lives in Lochorekaal, a village of about 20 families in northwest Kenya, not far from the South Sudan border. The villagers raise camels, weave baskets for barter, and gather wild fruits from the surrounding desert. As pastoralists, men and boys are often on the move, leading livestock to fresh grazing sites, leaving the women and girls to look after the general welfare of the village.
August 25, 2016
David Ogoro stands at the head of an improvised classroom at the Kendu Bay Sub-district Hospital, energetically leading a discussion about barriers to HIV adherence. His pupils are keenly engaged and participate freely, but the only sound is that of hands brushing together to form words. This is a psychosocial support group for deaf people living with HIV in Kendu Bay, Kenya, a town on the shore of Lake Victoria in Homa Bay County.
August 24, 2016
Earlier this month, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) hosted eight students from four universities, to share information about the foundation and to prepare for a successful season of dance marathons. Although the school year is still weeks away, the dedicated college students in charge of the UP 4 THE FIGHT Dance Marathons are already planning their events and fundraising campaigns.
August 17, 2016
Right now, more than 100 million people around the world, are in need of humanitarian assistance—whether because of natural disaster, civil war, gender-based violence, or some other crisis. World Humanitarian Day, August 19, is an occasion to focus on people in need and the relief workers who are meeting their needs. One issue that is sometimes overlooked in discussions about refugee populations is the challenge of linking displaced people to lifesaving HIV services.
August 12, 2016
While the global mortality rate of HIV has declined over the past 15 years—due to more cost-effective and increasingly accessible antiretroviral medication (ART)—young people ages 15–24, account for 35 percent of new HIV infections. AIDS remains the leading cause of death of adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. Today, on International Youth Day, we introduce a young woman from Zambia who is making a difference while living with HIV—as a counselor in the Tisamala Teens program.