What We’re Reading: Pushing Congress to Act on AIDS and the Changing Landscape of HIV/AIDS Funding

Oscar-winning actress and activist Charlize Theron embraces EGPAF Ambassador Florida Mwesiga.


This week, we’re proud of our Ambassadors who are pushing Congress to back an AIDS-Free generation and fighting the stigma of women living with HIV/AIDS, and we’re learning about funding cuts to PEPFAR and Dr. Deborah Persaud making Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people.

EGPAF – “Stars and Ambassadors Come Together on Capitol Hill to Commit to HIV” EGPAF Foundation Ambassadors Florida Mwesiga and Fortunata Kasege delivered a moving speech at a Congressional Breakfast on Thursday, urging members to continue to support funding for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs and life-saving antiretroviral drugs. Florida also introduced actress and HIV/AIDS advocate Charlize Theron, who spoke about her foundation and how AIDS is a universal issue. EGPAF President and CEO Chip Lyons joined U.S. Global AIDS coordinator Eric Goosby, UNAIDS president Michel Sidibé, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the event.

Huffington Post – “If we want an AIDS-Free Generation, Why are we cutting PEPFAR?” In this piece from the Huffington post, Chris Collins, Vice President and Director of Public Policy at The Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR) tries to unpack what consistent cuts to PEPFAR say about the U.S. government’s commitment to combatting the spread of HIV/AIDS. Collins argues that corresponding cuts to PEPFAR and increased funding for the Global Fund suggest the Administration values multilateral, multiyear commitments in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Time – “Hannah Gay, Katherine Luzuriaga and Deborah Persaud, Make Time’s 100 List” This week, Time Magazine released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Doctors Deborah Persaud, Hannah Gay, and Katherine Luzuriaga were recognized by Time for their work on a case in Mississippi of a baby functionally cured of HIV.

EGPAF – “At Empowered Campaign Launch, New Urgency to End AIDS” EGPAF Ambassador Cristina Peña joined Grammy- winning artist Alicia Keys at this week’s launch of the Empowered Campaign, a joint effort between Keys and the Kaiser Family Foundation to raise domestic awareness about HIV/AIDS and its impact on women. Peña is one of five women featured alongside Keys in the cross-platform national campaign.

Chelsea Bailey is Communications Assistant for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.