WWR: A New United Nations Report, the Future of PEPFAR, Rickshaws and “A Time For Heroes”

By Johanna Harvey | May 24, 2013

The Sitar Wars team with Chewie, the rickshaw they took on a wild adventure across India to raise money for EGPAF.

Sitar Wars

This week, we’re gearing-up for “A Time for Heroes,” celebrating a new report from the United Nations that found AIDS-related deaths in Africa are down and access to treatment is up, finding new optimism on World HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, cheering on fundraisers who raced across India in a rickshaw to raise money for EGPAF, and thinking about the future of PEPFAR as we celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

Look to the Stars—“Hollywood Stars to Celebrate a Time for Heroes in Los Angeles” The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) will host its 24th annual “A Time for Heroes” event on June 2, 2013 in Los Angeles. The star-studded occasion will bring together families, celebrities, donors, and other supporters from across the country to prevent new HIV infections in babies, provide lifesaving treatments to HIV-positive mothers, and support pediatric AIDS research.

Voice of America—“UN: AIDS Deaths Down, Treatment Up in Africa” A new United Nations report says AIDS-related deaths in Africa are falling while the number of Africans getting treatment for the AIDS virus is on the rise.

EGPAF—“A Rickshaw Race through India to Save Lives” On April 6, the Sitar Wars rickshaw team began a 2,400-mile, two-week race across the entire Indian subcontinent to raise money for EGPAF. Their journey took them from beaches to hostels, from engine failures to the Bay of Bengal. Team member Danny shares his story in an EGPAF blog series. You can also read the exciting final chapter of their journey, “Reaching the Finish Line, One Rickshaw Run at a Time“ on our blog.

Associated Press—“After a Decade, Global AIDS Program Looks Ahead” The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is at a crossroads as it faces an era of economic recovery and harsh budget cuts. The AIDS program was the largest commitment ever by a nation to combat a single disease internationally. A decade ago, almost no one in sub-Saharan Africa was receiving antiretroviral treatment. Thanks to PEPFAR, as of 2012, more than 5 million people in the region are now receiving treatment.

EGPAF—“Optimism on World HIV Vaccine Awareness Day” As the global health community continues to make strides in the fight to end HIV/AIDS, EGPAF celebrates World HIV Vaccine Awareness Day and applauds the research and development (R&D) community on its progress thus far to develop an effective HIV vaccine.

Johanna Harvey is Senior Communications Officer for the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.