What We’re Reading: Lower HIV Rates in Children, Obama in Africa, and Mapping HIV

By Jane Coaston | June 28, 2013

President Obama visits Goree Island off the coast of Senegal, an island that was the "last stop" for millions of African slaves sent to the Western hemisphere.

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This week, we’re celebrating a reduction in HIV in children, learning more about President Obama’s trip to Africa, and looking at new maps that uses hyperlocal data to show HIV rates across the United States.

EGPAF – "New Pharmacy Training Program Helps Fight HIV/AIDS in South Africa" Access to medications for HIV prevention and care and treatment is critical to battling HIV and creating an AIDS-free generation. But in South Africa, where 5.6 million people are living with HIV, many are unable to obtain the drugs that can save their lives and prevent the transmission of HIV to their children. In this blog, Dr. Ken Schafermeyer, Director of International Programs at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, shares his thoughts on a new partnership intended to improve pharmacy training and access to HIV/AIDS medications in South Africa. 

Times Live – "HIV infection rate in children plummets"   In a report released by UNAIDS, seven countries - Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia –  have reduced the number of new HIV infections among children by fifty percent since 2009. But in Angola and Nigeria, infections among children have increased, worrying health officials. In this article, the reporter details UNAIDS’ recent successes and concerns about access to HIV medications for children.

EGPAF – "As Obama Heads to Africa, Experts See Opportunity" U.S. President Barack Obama is traveling to Africa this week, his second visit to the continent as president.  In this blog, Communications Assistant Chelsea Bailey explains why HIV/AIDS experts are seeing this visit as an opportunity for President Obama to grow the U.S. government’s role in the fight against HIV.

EGPAF – "New Report from Kaiser: The HIV/AIDS Donor Landscape" A new report released this week from the Kaiser Family Foundation details the complex and complicated relationship between donors and governments working to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The report indicated that though there are many donors, only a few provide most of the funding for the fight to eliminate AIDS. In this blog, Johanna Harvey writes on how the report shows how donors and governments are developing an AIDS-free generation.

AIDSVu – "Persons Living with an HIV Diagnosis, 2010" AIDSVu is a project that uses hyperlocal data from the Census and from local health departments to create maps of where people living with HIV are living across the United States – city to city, state to state, even zip code to zip code. This week, they released their most recent maps of where HIV is most prevalent in the U.S., with comprehensive city and state profiles.  The maps even include HIV testing locations.


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