WWR: Campaign Commitments, PEPFAR and Children, and Using Technology to Save Lives

This week, we’re asking our political leaders to make a commitment to ending HIV/AIDS, learning more about how PEPFAR affects children, and reading about how soda companies and cell phones are making an impact in the fight against HIV.

Huffington PostMaking a Campaign Commitment to an AIDS-Free Generation:  As the U.S. election season heats up and debates over foreign assistance continue, Foundation President and CEO Chip Lyons writes in the Huffington Post that leaders from both political parties should take a stand on protecting mothers, babies, and families from HIV and other preventable diseases. The blog sparked a conversation on HuffPost LIVE, “Eradicating AIDS.” Lyons joined representatives from the NIH, IAVI, AVAC, the World Bank, and HuffPost LIVE moderator Abby Huntsman to talk about progress toward an AIDS-free generation, and “The Big Push” needed by our leaders and the global health community to get there.

AIDS.gov BlogPutting Children Front and Center in the Response to HIV/AIDS:  This week, the U.N. General Assembly convened in New York City, where there was a large focus on improving the health of women and children. U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Eric Goosby writes that creating an AIDS-free generation will require efforts to address the socioeconomic impact of the epidemic in children.

The Daily BeastCoke Applies Supply-Chain Expertise to Deliver AIDS Drugs in Africa:  One of the major challenges for people living with HIV in remote areas is accessing the drugs they need to stay healthy. Working with the Global Fund, the Coca-Cola Company launched a project in Tanzania in 2010 to improve medical delivery systems, and the program will soon be expanding to Ghana and Mozambique.  

Yahoo! NewsCan Mobile Phones Help Fight Pediatric AIDS? : Technology used by millions of people to text, tweet, and share pictures can also be used to save lives. A number of technology companies are using mobile phone technology to improve vaccination coverage across sub-Saharan Africa and India, where access to medicine can be limited at best.

Medical News TodayNew Clue To Slower Progression Of AIDS:  Why can some people living with HIV survive for decades without developing AIDS? New research indicates that some people living with HIV have a genetic variant that causes their immune system to attack a specific part of the HIV virus protein and slow down the progression of the disease.

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