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Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission


— I am proud to report that the lives of women and children are improving in Rwanda.
Recently I took part in a panel discussion at an event held parallel to the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The talk highlighted the tremendous work that has been done to protect women and children from HIV and gender-based violence in Rwanda. What was truly amazing was the audience turnout, which left some without seats. Attendees had come from many different nations and organizations to gain more insight into what Zonta and UNICEF are doing in Rwanda to achieve an HIV-free generation by 2015.

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Field Visit: Working with Zonta in Rwanda


— Last week, I had the privilege of visiting one of the most beautiful countries on earth, Rwanda. I was there with delegates from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s longstanding partner, Zonta International—a global organization working to advance the status of women worldwide. Zonta has chosen to invest in the futures of women and children in Rwanda by supporting UNICEF’s work to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV and prevent gender-based violence. Together, Zonta International, UNICEF and its many partners are working toward—and are on track to reaching—a generation in Rwanda born free from HIV by 2015.

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World AIDS Day: A Story of Hope

Tselane and her daughter. ©UNICEF/2012/Leonie Marinovich, 2012

— This Saturday is World AIDS Day, and UNICEF and its partners have set an ambitious goal: eliminate new infections among children by 2015. This may seem like a tall order, but it can be done. Women and children will be key partners in this effort. Nearly half of all pregnant women living with HIV in the developing world still do not get the medicines they need to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus. This has to change—and fast.

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Realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation at AIDS 2012


— This week, the 19th International AIDS Conference—AIDS 2012– is taking place in Washington D.C. This conference is the premiere biannual gathering for all those working or active in the field of HIV/AIDS. Here, participants take stock of the HIV response, share recent scientific developments and collectively chart a course forward. For UNICEF, the conference is an opportunity to renew the commitment to achieve an AIDS-free generation by 2015.

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World AIDS Day: Mirriam and Peter’s story

World AIDS Day - Mirriam & Peter's story - a set on Flickr - Mozilla Firefox_2011-11-22_12-06-19

— 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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A filmmaker’s journey

— As a longtime supporter of UNICEF as well advocate for the rights of HIV affected women and children in Africa, I’m very proud to have recently completed my first film, a feature documentary entitled “The Carrier.” Set in a southern province of rural Zambia, where I spent 4 months living and shooting the story, the film follows the experiences of one woman, a very beautiful and heroic young mother named Mutinta, who first learns she’s HIV- positive and soon after, discovers she’s pregnant.

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