Makaria Reynolds of the “Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation” will speak about success stories working with pediatric HIV in southeast Africa.
Date: Thurs., Nov. 15, 2012
Time: 7:30 to 9:30
Place: Marsh Hall 216, Pacific University, Forest Grove Oregon
(www.pacificu.edu for map)
Reception to follow
Sponsors: Center for Gender Equity, International Programs, Elise Elliott Foundation
ELIZABETH GLASER’S STORY: Elizabeth contracted HIV from a blood transfusion in 1981 while giving birth to her daughter, Ariel. She later learned that Elizabeth had unknowingly passed the virus on to Ariel through breast milk and that her son, Jake, had contracted the virus in utero. The Glasers discovered that drug companies had no idea that HIV was prevalent among children. The only drugs on the market were for adults; nothing had been tested or approved for children.
Ariel lost her battle with AIDS in 1988. Fearing that Jake’s life was also in danger, Elizabeth rose to action by creating a foundation that would raise money for pediatric HIV/AIDS research.
Elizabeth lost her own battle with AIDS in 1994 and her organization has become the leading global nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing pediatric HIV infection and eliminating pediatric AIDS. Elizabeth’s legacy lives on in her son, Jake, who is now a healthy young adult.
MAKARIA REYNOLDS is the country support technical officer for Lesotho and Swaziland. She also provides support to the USAID-funded Call to Action Program, which focuses on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV in numerous countries. Makaria received her degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
See the AIDS Quilt in the Pacific University Forest Grove Library, and in Creighton Hall, Pacific University Campus, Hillsboro Nov. 4 to Dec. 2.