WWR: Women’s History Month, Living with HIV, and New HIV Strategies for Mothers

By Jane Coaston | March 15, 2013

EGPAF Ambassadors Josephine Nabukenya and Janice McCall at Dance Marathon 2012 at UCLA.

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This week, we’re learning more about how a D.C. organization is fighting for women and girls living with HIV, thinking about the challenges of growing up with HIV, and reading about how an EGPAF Ambassador honored her late daughter.

EGPAF – “Women’s History Month – Fighting for Gender Equality” This month, we’re focusing our attention on how women around the world are taking part in the fight to eliminate HIV and keep millions of mothers and babies alive. This week, we spoke with Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), a D.C.-based organization focused on the rights of women and girls, about the linkages between gender inequality and HIV worldwide.

Voice of America – “Ending Gender Violence Key in Ending HIV/AIDS” The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released a study this week showing that half of people living with HIV worldwide are women, and that sexual violence can put women at higher risk of HIV infection. UNAIDS pointed to gender equality and education programs as potential mechanisms for empowering women.

EGPAF – “Transitioning to Adult Care: “No Walk In The Park” EGPAF Ambassador Janice McCall is a champion for young people living with HIV. Having lived with HIV since birth, Janice works to share her message of acceptance and openness with students across the country. In this piece, Janice writes about the challenges of staying on HIV medications and navigating the health benefits system in the United States.

EGPAF – “Dancing for My Daughter” This past February, EGPAF Ambassador Florence Ngobeni-Allen traveled for over 24 hours from her home in South Africa to Los Angeles for Dance Marathon at UCLA. In this piece, Florence shares her perspectives on the event and why she was so inspired by the students taking part.

ReliefWeb – “Kenya, Uganda adopt new HIV/AIDS regime for mothers” Option B+ – a new approach to the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV in which all pregnant women living with HIV are placed on antiretroviral medications for life – has been recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the best way to keep mothers and their babies healthy. Now, Kenya and Uganda are adopting Option B+, with the hopes of reducing both the rate of HIV transmission and the cost of treatment.

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