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Here is a selection of news articles about the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

To browse older articles, click on a month from the list on the right.

Click here to browse selected speeches by Stephen Lewis.

Grandmothers on the march for HIV/AIDS awareness

October 08, 2015

Catherine Byaruhanga, BBC Africa

About 400 grandmothers from across Africa have met in Uganda to share their experiences of dealing with HIV/Aids. Many of them became the main carers for their grandchildren when they lost their own adult children to the disease. Some are them are also living with HIV.

Successful Pride Partnership will bring leading HIV & AIDS activists to Canada

October 05, 2015

Staff, Stephen Lewis Foundation,

The Stephen Lewis Foundation would like to thank TDAeroplan and TD Aeroplan Visa cardholders who used their card in the GTA during PRIDE Toronto 2015! Because of you, we are delighted to have received a remarkable 7 million Aeroplan Miles!

Imagine Canada Standards Program

September 08, 2015

Staff, Stephen Lewis Foundation

The Stephen Lewis Foundation believes that transparency and accountability are essential. With this in mind, we are proud to announce that we are newly accredited under Imagine Canada’s National Standards Program.
Through rigorous peer-review, the Standards Program awards accreditation to charities and nonprofits that demonstrate excellence across 73 standards in the areas of board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management, and volunteer involvement. With this new achievement, we join a community of 150 Canadian organizations, committed to operational excellence, accountability, and trust.
Click here to learn more about the Standards Program. 
Prior to its new designation under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program, the Foundation had been a member of Imagine Canada’s Ethical Code Program since 2011. 

The future of AIDS is up to us

For the first time since the AIDS crisis began, whether the disease thrives or is eradicated depends entirely on what we do next.

July 28, 2015

Ilana Landsberg-Lewis & Lee Waldorf, The Toronto Star

Win or lose? This is the question posed by a series of reports on the state of the global AIDS epidemic — reports that were released just in time for an international meeting of the world leaders to discuss financing for development.
These reports — produced by UNAIDS, in collaboration with a Lancet Commission and the Kaiser Family Foundation — present us with two dramatically different scenarios for the future.
In the first scenario (in a 15-year retrospective published by UNAIDS), the battle against AIDS will soon be won. The rates of death and infection — there are currently 2 million new infections and 1.2 million deaths from AIDS each year — will have been reduced to the point that AIDS can safely be considered to be under control and on its way out, no longer presenting a global health emergency. This is the promise held out by the targets UNAIDS has set for 2030 in its landmark publication, How AIDS Changed Everything.
The second foretelling warns of an ominous resurgence of the disease, bringing more infections, death, social devastation, and escalating costs. This is the danger to which another recent report by the UNAIDS-Lancet Commission on Defeating AIDS strongly and clearly alerts us.
Meanwhile, a third UNAIDS report published jointly with the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals that international government financing for HIV and AIDS is at a standstill. It has flat-lined at approximately US$8.6 billion per year from donor governments (together, the most affected countries are contributing in excess of $10 billion) and, even more troubling, there are signs that some governments — such as Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, Sweden and the European Commission — may be starting to pull back. Not a trend that bodes well. It risks sending the HIV and AIDS epidemic directly to scenario two.
The world is at a crossroads. The most important message in the deluge of information tabled in recent weeks is that we have arrived at a moment of choice, and that the next five years will be absolutely crucial. Now, in 2015, what governments do as a matter of political will and human decision will shape the future of AIDS.
This was not at all the case in 2005, or even 2010, when the crisis was enormous, the need was overwhelming, but there was no guarantee of success. In 30 years we’ve lost 39 million men, women and children to AIDS globally. Communities have rallied, African governments have joined the struggle, and the international community is now making a concerted effort to make significantly more drugs for HIV and AIDS available. The moment has arrived. We will either chart a course to bring about the end of AIDS in Africa, or, for the lack of adequate funding, watch as the epidemic regains its stranglehold.
The UNAIDS-Lancet Commission has produced a cogent and compelling analysis of what that path must look like. Yes, there’s no doubt that funding must increase. But the commission’s report also makes it very clear that in addition, there must be a critical shift in how this money is being used.
For instance, donors have to expand their horizons beyond the technical matters of drug delivery, and start paying more attention to what it takes for people to avoid infection in the first place, and to actually stay on the medication. More support has to go to efforts at the grassroots level to help people bring their own communities back to life and to health.
Above all, it’s time to powerfully respond to the fact that gender inequality is at the heart of the epidemic. African women and girls are by far the most affected population. And while the global death rate from AIDS has gone down over the past 10 years, it has increased by 50 per cent for adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls are up to five times more likely to be infected than boys their own age.
In many of its recent comments, UNAIDS has understandably — or at least predictably — been stressing an optimistic view and the opportunity that lies before us. But we shouldn’t be distracted by the easy comfort offered up by public relations messaging. Make no mistake, the end of the HIV and AIDS epidemic is not set to arrive on its own speed. Everything will depend on the decisions made in the next five years about the level and allocation of funding for the HIV and AIDS response.
For the first time in the history of the HIV and AIDS epidemic, fate is truly and utterly in our own hands. Millions of lives are at stake. Let that truth drive us forward.
Ilana Landsberg-Lewis is executive director and Lee Waldorf policy director at the Stephen Lewis Foundation. 

Stephen Lewis Foundation partners with TD Bank and Aeroplan in celebration of Pride

TD Bank generously donates Aeroplan miles to three charitable organizations during Pride Toronto

June 19, 2015

Staff, The Stephen Lewis Foundation

The Stephen Lewis Foundation was honoured to be selected as one of three charities to partner with Aeroplan Beyond Miles and TD Bank in celebration of Pride Toronto
Together with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust and Rainbow Railroad, the Stephen Lewis Foundation will receive one Aeroplan mile for every $1 dollar spent on a TD Aeroplan Credit Card in Toronto during Pride Week (June 19 – June 28, 2014). This generous support is a great boon to our work supporting grassroots organizations turning the tide of HIV & AIDS in Africa. 
Click here to read more about this partnership. 


Grandmothers on the march for HIV/AIDS awareness October 8, 2015

Catherine Byaruhanga, BBC Africa

Successful Pride Partnership will bring leading HIV & AIDS activists to Canada October 5, 2015

Staff, Stephen Lewis Foundation,

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