What We’re Reading: Learning from Africa’s Example

This week, we’re reading about innovative ways to treat HIV/AIDS and co-infections like Malaria.

James Pursey

This week, we’re reading about innovative ways to tackle and treat HIV/AIDS and co-infections like Malaria by following the examples of African countries on the forefront of treatment. In Uganda, President Museveni was publically tested for HIV to encourage citizens to learn their status, while health officials throughout central and western Africa are taking a preemptive approach to treating malaria.

EGPAFA Q&A with AEPhi Mu – Our Twitter Contest Winners -- There are 50 active AEPhi chapters at universities across the United States that fundraise for EGPAF annually. We have the privilege of spotlighting three of these chapters to commemorate our anniversary. Our third and final spotlight is on the AEPhi Mu chapter at the University of Illinois.

The Huffington PostLearning from Africa -- The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the world have learned a lot from Africa in the last decade writes Mark Dybul, the organization’s executive director. In this editorial, Dybul examines how we can continue to build momentum toward eliminating worldwide pandemics by learning from our past successes.

The Washington Post In Rare Move, Uganda Leader Publicly Tests for HIV -- Last week, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni got publicly tested for HIV to encourage Ugandans to learn their HIV status. Ugandan officials have said they want to test 15 million people by the end of 2014.

Nature.com Malaria: A Race Against Resistance – Health officials throughout Africa are attempting innovative ways to scale up malaria treatment, but are mindful of drug-resistance. This nature.com article follows a campaign to prevent outbreaks of the disease by treating children with drugs typically used for treatment.

EGPAF Preventing Mother-To-Child Transmission, Minute By Minute -- Despite the obstacles that women face in accessing care to keep themselves and their children healthy, we are reaching more women and children every day, and are making significant strides toward the elimination of pediatric HIV/AIDS.