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50 years of progress

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— Even after all the gains the Child Survival Revolution has made, the equivalent to every American child under 5-years old living east of the Mississippi River dies in developing countries every year. Putting a stop to that should be a priority.

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World AIDS Day: Peter’s first year

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— Mirriam Chongo and her baby Peter live in Zambia, where investment in HIV testing, care and prevention has made great progress. Having learned that she is HIV positive and pregnant, Mirriam is following the necessary steps to protect her son from the virus. Here’s a look at the challenges they face over Peter’s first year staying HIV-free.

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World AIDS Day: Baby Peter is tested

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— Yesterday we introduced you to Mirriam Chongo and her baby Peter. Mirriam lives in Zambia, where investment in HIV testing, care and prevention has made great progress. Having learned that she is HIV positive and pregnant, Mirriam is following the necessary steps to protect her son from the virus. Here’s what happens when Peter turns 6 weeks old.

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Why I give: UNICEF’s work in Honduras

Patricia Anderson with friends in Honduras

— Being able to witness UNICEF’s work in Honduras was very meaningful to me. I got involved and went on this trip because of my son-in-law, Matt, who encouraged our family to support UNICEF. Matt passed away recently, and our support for UNICEF is a memorial to him. I think he would be deeply proud of what is happening in Honduras.

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World AIDS Day: Mirriam and Peter’s story

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— UNICEF and its partners envision an AIDS-free generation. On this year’s World AIDS Day, we highlight the huge impact that Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (or PMTCT) has had on reducing the number of new infections in Africa. Mirriam Chongo lives in Zambia, where investment in HIV testing, care and prevention has made great progress. That means women like Mirriam who discovered that she was HIV positive when she was pregnant with her first child, are getting the continued support they need to protect their babies from infection during the first crucial years.

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Next Gen in Ethiopia

Next Gener John Kluge, Jr. & Casey Rotter, Manager of UNICEF’s Next Generation, helping weigh a baby in Lokabaya District |Brian Barrow

— There we met one of the most dedicated and amazing neonatologists, Dr. Muluarem. She has been working tirelessly to create this clinic. Five years ago, she started in a single room with no equipment; today she has expanded into four rooms with trained nurses, fully developed protocol, beds and an incubator. As the new clinic is being finished, she is looking forward to having more space and equipment available for ‘her babies’ in order to continue her incredible work.

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