This World AIDS Day is a celebration of the achievements that have been made and the acceleration of progress in recent years, providing proof that ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic is not only feasible but achievable.
In 2013, activists and advocates for TB-HIV will call for leadership and funding to support the most important multi-country mechanism we have to end these diseases. This will be a a critical and historic moment in the history of global health.
Recently I attended the Africa Brain Trust 2012 forum entitled "Africa Rising: A Continent of Opportunity," which concentrated on reinforcing support for promising development-aid strategies, providing a networking venue for interested professionals and encouraging foreign investment.
How shall we live, knowing the time of youthful athletic prowess is brief, knowing, as HIV/AIDS reminds us, that life is fragile, precious and short? For me, in my life, with my time, I choose not to be a victim.
We think of innovations as new technologies, but in healthcare, innovations are often as simple as a pregnant woman with HIV talking with a similarly-affected peer who has successfully navigated the treatment process.
Ending the suffering from AIDS is possible in our lifetime. To know it's possible, one need only to see how the investment and the life-saving treatments and drugs that followed it have stalled a once booming coffin making business in Southern Africa.
Full and sustained implementation of GHI's principles is the best way to ensure that U.S. global health programs make a real, measurable difference in the lives of those served by U.S. foreign assistance, and that U.S. dollars are spent effectively.
Preventing new HIV infections among children is not only the right thing to do, but also a smart investment -- stretching each dollar we invest to save as many lives as we can, both today and tomorrow. This is a hopeful moment in global health.
"With a really good education, you have a much broader view of the world. Well-educated people can seek help for themselves. They can help others. Educated people can make their own choices about their governments. And certainly for women, an education allows you to understand your rights."
What is the greatest gift we can give a mother this Mother's Day? There are many answers, but one is a healthy life for her and her child. This Mother's Day, let's sharpen our resolve to ensure mothers everywhere have children who are born HIV-free.
All women, including those living with HIV, have a right to decide whether and when to have children, and how many to have. Right now, there are 215 million women who want access to modern contraception but do not have it.
The health status of women is linked to their fundamental freedoms and empowerment. Education and occupational opportunities as well as access to health care are crucial components for building a healthier future for women worldwide.
Now is the time for governments rich and poor, donors, providers, researchers, and advocates to find new resources -- and make smarter use of them -- to begin to end the most deadly epidemic of our time.
My time in Africa was educational, inspirational and eye-opening. I'm an expert at living on a budget, but it is hard to comprehend living on less than $1.25 a day and the complex issues that result from subsisting on so little, until you have witnessed it firsthand.