Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation seeks to prevent pediatric HIV infection and to eliminate pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs.
Jul 30, 2013

Thank you for your support of EPGAF in Lesotho

Dear Supporters,

We are so grateful for your continued commitment to our shared mission of eliminating pediatric AIDS. As you know, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS, and our successes so far would not have been possible without the help of supporters like you. Working at more than 5,500 sites in 15 countries, EGPAF has provided nearly 16 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies.

Through the important work of the local pony riders, great strides have been made in Lesotho over the past several years.  We are proud to partner with the Lesotho Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and other partners to work toward a shared goal of decreasing the rate of new HIV infections.  Thanks in part to your recent support, the Foundation works to strengthen, expand and integrate prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and HIV care and treatment services across Lesotho.

As of September 30, 2012, EGPAF-supported programs in Lesotho had:

  • Provided nearly 112,000 women with PMTCT services.
  • Tested nearly 95,000 pregnant women for HIV.
  • Enrolled nearly 195,000 people into HIV care and support programs, including more than 10,000 children under the age of 15.
  • Started more than 91,000 people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV, including more than 4,700 children under the age of 15.

Thank you again for your continued support.  At this time we have decided to shift our GlobalGiving focus from the Lesotho pony project to another EGPAF initiative in the near future. We hope you will join one of forthcoming projects on the GlobalGiving site, which we plan to launch by early fall.

We hope you will join one of forthcoming projects on the GlobalGiving site. In the meantime, please consider joining the fight to eliminate pediatric HIV/AIDS by signing up at www.pedaids.org, or connecting with EGPAF on social media at  www.facebook.com/EGPAF or www.twitter.com/EGPAF. Again, thank you for your interest and support as we work together to achieve an AIDS-free generation.

Sincerely,

Mikaela Gibson, Development Coordinator

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May 2, 2013

Update on EGPAF's Work in Lesotho

EGPAF CEO Charles Lyons speaks in Lesotho
EGPAF CEO Charles Lyons speaks in Lesotho

Dear Supporters,

We are so grateful for your continued commitment to our shared mission of eliminating pediatric AIDS. As you know, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS, and our successes so far would not have been possible without the help of supporters like you. Working at more than 5,500 sites in 15 countries, EGPAF has provided nearly 16 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies through our innovative program implementation, research and advocacy initiatives.

Charles Lyons, EGPAF President and CEO, recently embarked on a journey to Lesotho.  He shared his experiences in an EGPAF blog post:

While in Lesotho, I witnessed the launch of the country’s first national cervical cancer center at Senkatana clinic, built to help control Lesotho’s leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Basotho women.

Only three years ago, the Kingdom – with the support of partners such as EGPAF, President’s Emergency Plan AIDS Relief and USAID – embarked on an ambitious program to ensure services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) were provided in all public health facilities. Today, these important services are provided as part of a suite of maternal child health services in all public health facilities.

The rates of cervical cancer in Lesotho are among the highest in the world as HIV positive women are four to five times more likely to develop cervical cancer than HIV-negative women.

Over time, we have learned that success in the fight against HIV requires political will and leadership in addition to resources. Through the leadership of Dr. Pinkie Manamolela, Lesotho’s health minister, and Lefu Manyokole, Lesotho Health Ministry’s permanent secretary, Lesotho has demonstrated leadership in its commitment to fight HIV and its associated diseases.

Senkatana is now set to become a national center of excellence for HIV care, tuberculosis, and reproductive health.

Seeing first-hand the progress Lesotho has made in less than three years reminds me of a statement I recently read – the greatest achievement is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.

Now, Lesotho has embarked on a journey to protect women from one of the most preventable and treatable cancers – cervical cancer, which preys upon many women in developing countries, especially those living with HIV.

We are proud to count you as a valuable partner in Lesotho’s efforts to obliterate AIDS and join the movement to create a new generation free of HIV.

-Charles Lyons, EGPAF President and CEO

To learn more about our work in Lesotho, click here.

(Photo: Jon Hrusa/EPA, 2010)
(Photo: Jon Hrusa/EPA, 2010)

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Apr 26, 2013

Lesotho Success Story

Dear Supporters,

We are so grateful for your continued commitment to our shared mission of eliminating pediatric AIDS. As you know, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS, and our successes so far would not have been possible without the help of supporters like you. Working at more than 5,500 sites in 15 countries, the Foundation has reached more than 16 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies through our innovative program implementation, research and advocacy initiatives. 

Charles Lyons, our President and CEO, recently embarked on a journey to Lesotho.  He shared his experiences in a blog post:

While in Lesotho, I witnessed the launch of the country’s first national cervical cancer center at Senkatana clinic, built to help control Lesotho’s leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Basotho women.

EGPAF President and CEO Charles Lyons speaks
at the Senkatana launch in Lesotho. 
(Photo: EGPAF, 2013)

 

Only three years ago, the Kingdom – with the support of partners such as PEPFAR and USAID – embarked on an ambitious program to ensure services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) were provided in all public health facilities. Today, these important services are provided as part of a suite of maternal child health services in all public health facilities.

Now, Lesotho has embarked on a journey to protect women from one of the most preventable and treatable cancers – cervical cancer, which preys upon many women in developing countries, especially those living with HIV.

The rates of cervical cancer in Lesotho are among the highest in the world as HIV positive women are four to five times more likely to develop cervical cancer than HIV-negative women.

Over time, we have learned that success in the fight against HIV requires political will and leadership in addition to resources. Through the leadership of Dr. Pinkie Manamolela, Lesotho’s health minister, and Lefu Manyokole, Lesotho Health Ministry’s permanent secretary, Lesotho has demonstrated leadership in its commitment to fight HIV and its associated diseases.

Senkatana is now set to become a national center of excellence for HIV care, tuberculosis, and reproductive health.

Seeing first-hand the progress Lesotho has made in less than three years reminds me of a statement I recently read – the greatest achievement is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.

We are proud to be a valuable partner in the Kingdom’s efforts to obliterate AIDS and join the movement to create a new generation free of HIV.

-Charles Lyons, EGPAF President and CEO

To learn more about our work in Lesotho, click here

A worker at a clinic in Lesotho
A worker at a clinic in Lesotho

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