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Prescription for Life: Help Children Living with HIV

Exhibition Highlights Needs and Voices of Children

For the past year, children around the world have been writing letters to
governments and pharmaceutical companies encouraging them to develop and
make accessible appropriate testing and treatment for infants and children
living with HIV.

An exhibit features the letters of children, expressing what needs to be
done to help the youngest in our communities who live with HIV, and how each
of us can make a difference. The exhibit has been on display at the United
Nations Headquarters in New York, Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore,
Maryland, and Union Theological Seminary in New York.

You can also host the exhibit - contact sspeicher (at) e-alliance.ch for
more information.

The exhibit was made possible through support from the Finnish Evangelical
Lutheran Mission.

Fact sheet - PDF (EN)

An opening reception was held on 19 November with speakers from the EAA, UNICEF and UNAIDS. Zoia, a 7 year old from the Bronx, read her letter to the assembled guests

Write for Life: Children's Letters Advocate for Children with HIV  - Press release can be found here

Opening remarks by Karen Plater, Presbyterian Church in Canada and co-chair, EAA's HIV and AIDS Strategy Group, along with the Zoia reading her letter - m4a (EN)

Zoia's letter (conclusion) and Ken Legins, Senior Advisor, HIV Policy and Evidence for UNICEF - m4a (EN)

Eric Sawyer, Civil Society Partnerships Advisor, UNAIDS - m4a (EN)

Karen Plater - concluding remarks -m4a (EN)

Zoia's Letter - PDF (EN)

Panel Discussion – November 20

UNICEF, UNAIDS and the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance hosted a panel discussion in conjunction with Universal Children’s Day and the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC@20). The Convention clearly articulated children's right to life and survival; to health, including access to medicines; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.

Key actors in the response to children living with HIV will engage in a constructive dialogue on the state of access to HIV diagnostics and treatment for children, the obstacles still being faced, and the role and responsibilities of governments, business, and national and international organizations.


Dr. Deborah Birx, Director, Global AIDS Program, Center for Disease Control

Mr. Rob Dintruff
, Director, Commercial Development, Abbott

Dr. Rene Ehounou Ekpini
, Chief, HIV/AIDS (PMTCT) Health Section, UNICEF

Dr. Shaffiq Essajee
, Director of Clinical Operations and Senior Advisor in Pediatrics, Clinton Foundation.

Father Ed Phillips
, CEO/Chairman of the Board of Directors, Eastern Deanery AIDS Relief Program, Nairobi, Kenya; Mission Education and Planned Gift Officer, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers

Moderator: Ms. Karen Plater
, Associate Secretary, Stewardship & Education for Mission, The Presbyterian Church in Canada and co-chair, Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance’s HIV and AIDS Strategy Group

1:00-2:30 pm, Friday, November 20, Danny Kaye Room, UNICEF Building at 3 United Nations Plaza 

View our press release: Access, Testing and Follow-Up Remain Barriers to Treating Children with HIV


For a photo gallery of the event click here