What We’re Reading: Investing in a Future for Africa’s Women and The Millennium Development Goals

This week, we’re reading a moving opinion piece by Malawi’s President, Joyce Banda, about why it’s essential to invest in a future for Africa’s women.

This week, we’re excited to kick-off our Dance Marathon season with our new “Dancer Diaries” series, which spotlights our UP 4 THE FIGHT colleges as they raise money and awareness about pediatric HIV/AIDS.  We’re also reading the President of Malawi’s call to invest in Africa’s women, why the Millennium Development Goals are important, and how the U.S. government’s shutdown will impact the HIV/AIDS landscape.

EGPAF Dancer Diaries: 900 stickers, Making an Incredible Impact -- Sydney Van Horn, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)’s Development Coordinator, profiles the College of the Holy Cross’ Dance Marathon Committee’s  “900 a day” event. Read more to learn about the innovative way students used stickers to represent the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS.

Reuters Investing in a Future for Africa’s Women -- In this opinion piece, Malawi’s President Joyce Banda argues that investing in the women of Africa is essential for the continent’s development.  President Banda said she is inspired by mothers “to do my best to make a difference in the fight against HIV” and argues that prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV is an essential component to creating Africa’s bright future.   

EGPAF Why the Millennium Development Goals Matter to You -- Everyone should be uncomfortable about a world where many babies don’t have a decent shot at life. But we are changing that. Last week, members of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) met to discuss worldwide progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). EGPAF’s senior writer, Eric Bond, breaks down the essentials of the MDGs and explains how you can get involved.

Medical News TodayGovernment Shutdown Delays NIH trials and impairs CDC -- This story highlights how the shutdown will affect research programs at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and summarizes a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) memo that outlines its impact on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC)’s Global AIDS Program.