2013: New Year, New Hope
My list of New Year’s resolutions is always pretty long, as I tend to just add to the roll from the previous year. This year, my list is probably similar to that of most people; it’s overflowing with self-improvement promises, vows to help others, and pledges to abandon bad habits. Sadly, I’ve already reneged on a few of my resolutions (we can blame it on all of those post-holiday snacks people bring to the office). The good thing is, I still have time to get back on track, and even add to my list.
But time is relative, and in some cases, it can be the difference between life and death. This is particularly true for mothers who are living with HIV/AIDS and receiving treatment to ensure that their babies are born HIV-negative. Every day around the world, 900 children are born HIV-positive. They contracted the virus because their mothers did not have access to the life-saving medicines that could have kept their babies HIV-free. The treatments to ensure that no child is born with HIV do exist; however, the challenge is getting them to the pregnant women who need them.
What can you do? Make one of your resolutions to get involved in this fight by supporting the work of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). For less than $20, EGPAF can provide one pregnant woman with the services she needs to prevent transmission of HIV to her baby. If you can’t make a donation, you can organize or attend an EGPAF event, or contact your member of Congress and ask them to protect global HIV/AIDS funding.
This year, be bold. Resolve to change the life of an unborn child by joining the fight to eradicate pediatric AIDS.
Racine Tucker-Hamilton is Senior Media Relations Manager for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.