What We’re Reading: Addressing Disparities Through Advocacy

Today, ending pediatric AIDS is not just a dream. We can make it a reality.

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This week, we’re reading an opinion piece about goals for developing a cure for HIV, learning how Afghanistan is improving maternal and child health, and introducing our 2014 Black History Month blog series.

Huffington Post -- "Setting the Stage for an HIV Cure" -- In his State of the Union address, President Obama stressed that funding for research could “unleash the next great American discovery.” In this Huffington Post piece, Charles Lyons, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and Nicholas Hellman, M.D., executive vice president of medical and scientific affairs at EGPAF suggest that with the right tools in place, an HIV cure could be that next discovery.

EGPAF -- "Introducing Our Voices in the Fight" — This February,  EGPAF will celebrate Black History Month with a new series, “Our Voices in the Fight.” Stay tuned throughout the month for special guest posts from Ziggy Marley, Jamar Rogers, and our partners at Advocates for Youth, and Whitman-Walker Health.

NPR “An Afghan Success Story: Fewer Child Deaths” – Despite dramatic changes to daily lives since the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan still has one of the world’s highest child mortality rates. In this piece, NPR examines how the Afghan government is expanding access to better pediatric care and treatment.

EGPAF “Dancer Diaries: UCLA Senior Merges Design with Advocacy” --  UCLA Senior Katie Aronat merges her knack for graphic design with her passion for ending pediatric HIV/AIDS to create informative videos about EGPAF.

HealthCanal“HIV Dialogue Differs By Race Ethnicity” – A new study from Brown University examines whether race is a contributing factor to  the way health professionals counsel people living with HIV.

Worcester.com –  “Holy Cross Dance Marathon Rises More Than $40k for Pediatric AIDS” –  Students at the College of Holy Cross stood UP 4 THE FIGHT and raised $40,133 for EGPAF. 

EGPAF “New Book Explores Quest to End Pediatric AIDS” – Author Rebecca Anderson tells of the antiretroviral drug, Nevirapine’s, success in preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and offers insight into EGPAF’s role in eliminating pediatric HIV in this new historical account of the “Quest to End Pediatric AIDS.”