What We’re Reading: There’s Power In Taking A Stand
This week, we’re reading about powerful people taking a stand against HIV/AIDS. Whether it’s Ambassador Eric Goosby, who’s dedicated his career to global health, or Magic Johnson who boldly walked into the spotlight to advocate for people living with HIV, we can learn something from each of these champions about the power of standing up for what you believe in.
EGPAF – Remembering the Power of Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s Brave Announcement – On Nov. 7, 1991, NBA All-star Magic Johnson told the world he would be retiring from professional basketball because he had HIV. In the ESPN documentary, “The Announcement,” Magic describes how he found a confidant and ally in Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) founder Elizabeth Glaser.
AIDS.GOV – Continuing Our March to An AIDS-Free Generation And Improved Global Health – In his final blog post as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby reflects on his four years as head of the Office of Global Health Diplomacy and offers insight into how we can complete the task we began 30 years ago – eliminating HIV/AIDS.
Huffington Post – Why Family Planning Maters in the Post-2015 Development Agenda – In 2015, the world will shift to new development goals but in this Huffington Post piece, experts from FHI360 make the case that deliberate family planning is the cornerstone of development and must be at the forefront of our goals when moving beyond the millennium development goals (MDGS).
AllAfrica.com – Why Should Babies Inherit HIV From Mothers – In Ghana, First Lady Lordina Mahama has called for a major scale up of prevention of mother-to-child transmission efforts. Mahama is hailed for her efforts to eliminate pediatric HIV/AIDS in this piece.
EGPAF – In Malawi, EGPAF’s Teen Club Inspires Hope, Changes Lives – In this blog, Elizabeth Hamilton, EGPAF’s country officer for Malawi and India, writes about the time she spent at a Teen Club in the Ntcheu district of Malawi where children and teens living with HIV can find care, companionship, and comfort.