Today, I am Inspired

By Maisoon Ibrahim-Ateem | November 18, 2013

Maisoon Ibrahim-Ateem is an Atlas Corps Fellow for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation based in Washington, D.C.

Maisoon Ibrahim-Ateem

Today, I’m inspired more than ever.

Joining the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) has been like a dream and my life has been forever changed. As an Atlas Corps Fellow for EGPAF in Washington, D.C. and also an expectant mother, my passion has been put into practice.

I am now part of the incredible difference EGPAF is making for families and communities across the world. And I get to witness the work of the organization first hand.

My life’s work has been focused on preventing mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV in my home of Darfur, Sudan. But my work has taken on new meaning now because I am expecting my first child. 

I now truly understand the maternal drive to protect your children because they are a part of you. When your child hurts, you hurt; when your child is happy, you’re happy. They are your priority and EGPAF makes mothers around the world their priority.

EGPAF’s critical work cannot end. I have witnessed the progress the organization has made toward eliminating pediatric AIDS. We really are close to changing the number of children who are born HIV-positive every day from 700 to zero and EGPAF has a plan to get us there:

• 63 percent of HIV-positive pregnant women in low- and middle-income countries now receive medicines to help prevent transmission of HIV to their babies.

• In 2012, more than one in six of those women received their medicines through programs supported by EGPAF and its affiliates.

EGPAF is making remarkable progress towards eliminating pediatric AIDS. But there’s so much work to do. After my fellowship, I will return to Sudan empowered with a new baby and a new outlook. I’ll have the knowledge and valuable tools to win the battle against HIV/AIDS for my family, community, and country. An AIDS-free generation is within reach. We all have a role to play – join the conversation.

To learn more about our work “Getting to Zero,” be sure to read EGPAF President and Chief Executive Officer Chip Lyon’s editorial for the Huffington Post. 

Maisoon Ibrahim-Ateem is an Atlas Corps Fellow for EGPAF based in Washington, D.C.