Category Archives: HIV / AIDS

Join the EGPAF Google+ Hangout Tomorrow

Every single day, 1,000 mothers — some unaware they carry HIV — transfer the virus to their babies during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Without treatment, 50 percent of HIV-positive infants will die before their second birthdays. As global leaders, researchers and activists descend upon Washington, DC for the International AIDS Conference, we must ask: What are the challenges HIV-positive mothers face in having HIV-negative children in the AIDS epidemic? We are at an important moment in the effort to create an AIDS-Free Generation. How do we keep the momentum going?

Join the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and us tomorrow Wednesday, July 25th at 2:00pm ET for a live Google+ Hangout on the International AIDS Conference and AIDS epidemic with Mom Bloggers for Social Good and EGPAF Ambassadors Florence Ngobeni-Allen and Martha Cameron. EGPAF ambassadors will answer these questions and share their own personal stories as HIV-positive mothers raising HIV-negative children.

RSVP for the event and we encourage you to submit questions for EGPAF ambassadors in the comments:

Be sure to add EGPAF to your Google+ circles before the event:
https://plus.google.com/117044910560603917571/posts?hl=en

Florence’s Story of Hope:
http://bit.ly/uPDwqS

Martha’s Story of Hope:
http://bit.ly/qtWZnD

For real time updates on the International AIDS Conference follow EGPAF on Twitter, Facebook or visit our IAS blog http://egpaf-ias.org.

Ask Congress to make a mother’s fight their fight!

Every single day, 1,000 mothers — some unaware they carry HIV — transfer the virus to their babies during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. Without treatment, 50 percent of HIV-positive infants will die before their second birthdays. With your help, we can eliminate pediatric AIDS, and protect mothers and babies worldwide. Lawmakers face many tough budget choices this year, but continuing to fund global HIV/AIDS programs should be an easy one. We are at a crucial moment in the effort to create an AIDS-Free Generation and need to keep the momentum going.

As policymakers descend on Washington, D.C., for the International AIDS Conference, ask congress to make a mother’s fight their fight! Please use this link to write your Senators and Representatives a letter to keep Congress committed to this fight and oppose cuts to global health programs. We also urge you to ask your readers and followers on your blog and across your social media channels to use the link and get involved too. The more mothers, the greater the impact we can have!

Our friends at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation have provided Facebook covers that you can rotate and add to your profile page. Feel free to grab any of the covers below.

New Partner Announcement: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

We are so excited to announce a partnership with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation!

Founded in 1988, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a worldwide leader in the fight to end pediatric AIDS. The organization works in 15 countries to implement lifesaving HIV programs, to advance pediatric AIDS research, and to advocate on behalf of those affected by HIV/AIDS. Today, because the work of the Foundation and its partners, more mothers around the world have access to the tools they need to have healthy, HIV-free children.

Elizabeth Glaser contracted HIV through a blood transfusion in 1981 while giving birth to her daughter, Ariel. She and her husband, Paul, later learned that Elizabeth had unknowingly passed the virus on to Ariel through breast milk and that their son, Jake, had contracted the virus in utero. After Ariel lost her battle with AIDS in 1988, Elizabeth rose to action, creating a foundation to support children, mothers, and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

Read more from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and connect with them online.

Today is World TB Day

You probably don’t know that much of the world is adversely affected by the age-old infectious disease, tuberculosis. In fact, it is the second largest killer of adults behind HIV/AIDS and based on data from the Stop Tuberculosis Partnership most children do not get diagnosed with TB because of lack of access to health care. 200 children die each day from tuberculosis.

According to the UN, 1.4 million people died from TB in 2010. United Nation’s Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, said, “I call for intensified global solidarity to ensure that all people are free from fear of tuberculosis and its devastating effects,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the Day. “Let us vow to end the neglect of TB and to end deaths from this disease in our lifetime.”

Want to help end TB in our lifetime? You can help at mystoptb.com. And see how donating $25 can save a life.

Action Campaign – Help Raise Funds, Awareness About Educating African Children

You may have read our partner feature about the Nyanya Project this weekend.

The Nyanya Project is a North Carolina non-profit organization that empowers grandmothers to keep their families together in the face of AIDS devastation. They help African grandmothers form working cooperatives that generate the income necessary to provide healthcare, education and a loving home for their grandchildren.

The Nyanya Project is currently raising funds to continue educating preschool children in Kenya and to open a new preschool in Rwanda. They are asking for help to raise $20,000 by Mother’s Day – that’s $20 from 1000 people.

Please tweet the following to help:

Help the Nyanya Project educate preschool children in Kenya and Rwanda. Any little bit helps! http://bit.ly/xEmKk0 #socialgoodmoms

Also, please like the Nyanya Project on