What We’re Reading: HIV in South Africa, Mobile Technology, and Explaining HIV to Children

By Jane Coaston | August 30, 2013

A prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV training course in Malawi.

James Pursey/EGPAF

This week, we're learning more about HIV care in South Africa, how to explain HIV to children, and why mobile technology could impact HIV/AIDS care and treatment worldwide.

NPR – “After Missteps In HIV Care, South Africa Finds Its Way” South Africa has the world’s highest HIV rate, with 5.6 million people living with the virus. But the South African government is beginning to make strides to limit the pandemic, making treatment cheaper and more widely available. National Public Radio shares how better treatment and care is impacting people living with HIV in South Africa.

EGPAF – “Explaining HIV to Children” Telling a child that he or she is living with HIV is an immense challenge –stigma, the challenges of compliance to treatment, and concerns about the future can be major problems. In this blog, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)’s Johanna Harvey explains how health workers are teaching families how to help children understand their HIV status.

EGPAF – “HIV 101: Understanding HIV” How does HIV spread? How are children infected with HIV? In this blog, EGPAF’s Michelle Betton, Jeffrey Safrit, and Chelsea Bailey answer some of the most frequently-asked questions about HIV and how we test for and treat the virus.

Huffington Post – “A Decade of Saving Lives and Transformational Change in Rwanda” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby wrote this piece for the Huffington Post about the powerful impact programs like the Global Fund and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) have had on the HIV crisis in Rwanda.

EGPAF “EGPAF Hosts Meeting on Mobile Technology for PMTCT” Earlier this month, EGPAF participated in a meeting with the mHealth Working Group, which focuses on how mobile technologies can be used to promote prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and HIV care and treatment. Learn more about the meeting and how mobile technologies are impacting the fight to eliminate HIV.


Jane Coaston is Media Relations Coordinator for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.