What We’re Reading:  The Fight to End AIDS, Tragedy in Cameroon, and Improving Health in Kenya

A health care worker performing laboratory tests in Democratic Republic of Congo.

James Pursey/EGPAF

This week, we’re learning about how to create an AIDS-free generation, thinking about progress made over the last decade to eliminate HIV, reading about how community involvement is improving health in Kenya, and celebrating efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Swaziland.

Delaware Online – “Anthony Fauci: Still seeking an AIDS-free world” Dr. Anthony Fauci is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. In this blog, he writes about the battle to eliminate HIV worldwide and the need for an HIV vaccine as a tool to prevent future infections.

Forbes.com – “A Decade Of Success In The Global Fight Against HIV And AIDS” In a piece for Forbes.com, Barbara Pierce Bush –CEO of the Global Health Corps and daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush – writes on just how critical programs like the Global Fund and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) have been to people living with HIV around the world.

EGPAF – “Engaging with Communities Improves Health Outcomes in Kenya” In Kenya, the government and its partners – including EGPAF – are leading efforts to improve outreach to local communities and better collect data on people living with HIV and other diseases to help solve problems and provide better care and support for everyone in the area.

AllAfrica.com – “Cameroon: UNAIDS Urges Investigation Into Death of Gay Rights Activist in Cameroon” In Cameroon and many other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people – especially those living with HIV – face ongoing discrimination and stigma that discourages many from seeking life-saving treatment. Last week, Eric Ohena Lembembe, Executive Director of the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS, was found dead in his apartment soon after writing about attacks on groups that provide outreach to the LGBT community in Cameroon. In this statement, UNAIDS urges the Cameroonian government to take action and investigate Lembembe’s death.

EGPAF – “Eliminating Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in Swaziland” On July 17, the Swaziland Ministry of Health and EGPAF joined in a celebrating focused on Swaziland’s efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Featuring speeches by EGPAF President and CEO Chip Lyons and EGPAF Ambassador Florence Ngobeni-Allen, the event highlighted the country’s successes and goals in its fight to create an AIDS-free generation.

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