National Call on Maternal Health and HIV/AIDS

Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m. ET, Healthy Families, Healthy Planet and The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund invite the public to participate in an engaging presentation and discussion about the intersections of maternal health and HIV/AIDS. Participants may register for this educational webinar online.

“Maternal health and HIV/AIDS are inherently linked,” said Katey Zeh, director of the Healthy Families, Healthy Planet project to increase U.S. funding of international family planning. “In Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 22 million people are living with HIV, and 53 million women in this region want to avoid pregnancy but lack access to contraception. Bringing together advocates from the maternal health and HIV/AIDS communities amplifies our message to bring abundant life to all.”

Linda Bales Todd, co-chair of The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, and Zeh will speak about the importance of integrating family planning and HIV/AIDS services on the ground and how integrating advocacy efforts can strengthen our call for investments in global health programs.

Special guest Caitlin Horrigan, senior policy analyst at Population Action International (PAI), will present its recently released documentary “In One Place.” The documentary chronicles the struggles of women in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia as they journey to get critical family planning and HIV/AIDS care.

Healthy Families, Healthy Planet invites any interested person to join this webinar by registering online by Feb. 19.

To learn more about the Healthy Families, Healthy Planet project and get involved in our advocacy efforts please visit www.umchealthyfamilies.org.