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Ariel Clubs Transform Fear Into Hope for Children Living With HIV

By Eric Bond

Ariel Clubs in Uganda address the psychological and clinical needs of HIV-positive children so that they feel confident, stay on treatment, and prevent transmission of the virus to their own future partners or children.

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EGPAF Fights the Double Burden of HIV and Cervical Cancer in Lesotho

By Heather Mason

Cervical cancer was a death sentence for women in Lesotho. But a new program pioneered by EGPAF is using simple, innovative methods to identify malignancy in its earliest stages and cure this disease before it can progress.

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Option B+ Means Treatment for Life

By Heather Mason

Lesotho, with assistance from EGPAF, was one of the first countries to adopt a new set of World Health Organization guidelines for treatment of pregnant women living with HIV. The new guidelines, referred to as “Option B+,” recommend that all pregnant or breastfeeding women who test HIV-positive be immediately enrolled on ART and remain on treatment for life.

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Hope in a Bottle: Keeping Infants HIV-free Through Nutrition

By Laura Elizabeth Pohl

A mother holds her child while listening to a research nurse as she asks questions about her child's nutrition. EGPAF partners with the Rwandan government to study the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in 608 HIV-positive mothers and their children. The results of this, called the Kabeho study, could mean a revamping of public health policies around the world and thousands more children living an HIV-free life.

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Donation Brings Big Smiles

By Heather Mason

St. Theresa's Clinic in Manzini, Swaziland, has been serving the community longer than any of its staff members have been alive. According to the clinic’s nurse-administrator, Sister Concetta Ginindza, St. Theresa's was founded more than 70 years ago, in 1942.

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Swaziland Adolescents Work Toward an HIV-free Generation

By Heather Mason

When he was 17, Mbongeni became a founding member of a support group for young people living with HIV. Sponsored by EGPAF, the Mkhuzweni psychosocial support group began in 2010 with three members—and has since grown to more than 100.

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