Giving Mothers a Very Special Gift

Woman enters mobile healthcare clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 29, 2010. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Ambassador Eric Goosby serves as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.

What is the greatest gift we can give a mother this Mother’s Day? There are many answers, but one is to help her live and help her children live a healthy life.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day and think about mothers around the world, the American people are working through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to make every day Mother’s Day. This program is quietly saving lives every day, restoring the health and hope of mothers and children.

Each year, nearly 400,000 children are born with HIV around the world, with sub-Saharan Africa being the most challenged region. In June of last year… more »

Partnering With Business To Eliminate Pediatric AIDS by 2015

A child lights candles in front of a painting that depicts a red ribbon, at an event to mark World AIDS Day in Katmandu, Nepal, Dec. 1, 2011. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Ambassador Eric Goosby serves as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.

Last week, I was proud to participate in a significant moment in the global AIDS response. I stood with leaders of the private sector at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as they committed to join forces to reach an ambitious, yet achievable, goal — ending pediatric AIDS by 2015.

The launch of two groundbreaking initiatives — the Business Leadership Council and the Social Media Syndicate — will marshal the power of the private sector, converging business acumen, technology, and other assets to support country-led efforts to prevent new infant infections and save mothers’ lives.

This exceptional commitment by the private sector stems from the Global Plan towards the Elimination of New Pediatric Infections and Keeping Mothers Alive, launched last year by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and UNAIDS. The Plan’s… more »