WWR: Success at “A Time for Heroes,”  and new commitments from Jewelers for Children

Musicians Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani with Jake Glaser at the Foundation's 24th Annual "A Time For Heroes" at Century Park on June 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for EGPAF

This week, we’re celebrating the success of “A Time for Heroes,” thanking Jeweler’s for Children for their years of generous support, learning about the importance of male involvement in preventing HIV/AIDS transmission, and sharing a new photo exhibit opening in New York City.

Huffington Post—“Celebrities Become Heroes for Pediatric AIDS” EGPAF CEO Chip Lyons describes how proud and moved he was to meet so many people who are passionate about continuing Elizabeth Glaser’s battle to eliminate Pediatric HIV at this year’s “A Time for Heroes” carnival, which took place on June 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. Twenty-five years after our founding around Elizabeth Glaser’s kitchen table, we are well positioned and prepared to finally finish the job and end pediatric AIDS. To view photos from the event click here.

EGPAF—Foundation and Jewelers for Children Celebrate Partnership in the Fight Against Pediatric HIV/AIDS For more than a decade, Jeweler’s for Children (JFC) has contributed more than $8.5 million to help EGPAF eliminate pediatric HIV/AIDS worldwide. Last week, EGPAF’s Director of Brand Management, Jill Davis, attended the JFC annual conference in Las Vegas to thank JFC for their continued partnership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. During the benefit, JFC announced that they will renew their $500,000 commitment to the Foundation for 2013!

The Body—“Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision a "Critical Pillar" in Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Says U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby, argues that male involvement in preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) has reached a critical point. Goosby calls voluntary medical male circumcision the “critical pillar” in HIV prevention because it dramatically reduces their risk of contracting HIV. Goosby also notes that he looks forward to working with health ministries to assess the use and implementation of PrePex™, the first adult medical male circumcision device to receive World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification as an alternative to surgery.

EGPAF—“Men: A Key to Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission” Studies have shown that male involvement in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services reduced the risks of vertical transmission (mother-to-child) and infant mortality by more than 40 percent. Educating male partners about HIV in general and how it is transmitted is essential to long-term approaches to eliminating HIV/AIDS transmission.

Huffington Post—“Ten Years Later, ‘Medical Marshall Plan’ Has Saved Millions of Lives” When President George W. Bush signed the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDs Relief (PEFPAR) in 2003, opponents said failure would be inevitable. Now, a decade later, ONE Director Tom Hart writes about PEPFAR’s phenomenal success of and why we must urge Congress to continue to support global efforts to achieve a generation free of HIV/AIDS.

EGPAF—“New Exhibit Reflects on the First Five Years of HIV/AIDS in New York” The New York Historical Society Museum and Library opened a stunning photo exhibit called “AIDS in New York: The First Five Years.” Curator Jean Ashton explores the impact of the epidemic on life, public health, medical practices, culture, and politics in New York City and across the nation. To complement the exhibit, the New York Historical Society will also feature a gallery show of 20 black and white photographs of children living with HIV/AIDS taken by noted photographer and social realist Claire Yaffa from her collection, “The Changing Face of Children with AIDS.”

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