I remember first hearing about HIV in one my MPH classes at UCLA in the fall of 1982. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was a new disease outbreak reported by CDC the summer before, after one of UCLA’s medical school faculty reported the syndrome in a group of five gay men in Los Angeles. It sounded like just another esoteric disease that might show up on one of our quizzes, so I spelled it out in my notebook, never once imagining that this disease might eventually become one of the world’s greatest public health and moral challenges of our time.
The messages were familiar, but the delivery was not. The classroom was filled with high school students learning about HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy prevention. But instead of a teacher lecturing, or using a flipchart or video, a blind man spoke to the class, with a sign language interpreter communicating his words to deaf students who attend the Dominican Republic’s National School for the Deaf in Santo Domingo.
AIDSTAR-One is funded by USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS. The project provides technical assistance to USAID and U.S. Government country teams to build effective, well-managed, and sustainable HIV and AIDS programs. HIV and tuberculosis (TB) affect millions of people worldwide every year. Eighty percent of the world’s cases of HIV are concentrated in the 22 countries—including … Continue reading “Turning the Corner on HIV and Tuberculosis Co-infection in Brazil”
By Ed Scholl, AIDSTAR-One Project Director, AIDSTAR-One is funded by USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, and provides rapid technical assistance to USAID and U.S. Government country teams to build effective, well-managed, and sustainable HIV and AIDS programs and promotes new leadership in the global campaign against HIV. Alice arrives at a health center in Western … Continue reading “Integrating Family Planning, HIV, and MNCH Services in Ethiopia and Kenya”
President Clinton and Bill Gates Address International AIDS Conference
I’ve been fortunate to attend international HIV conferences for many years. Several of those conferences stand out in my memory for the results they produced. In Vancouver (1996), researchers first announced the results of the highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) clinical trials—changing the future for millions of us living with HIV. In Durban (2000), delegates … Continue reading “USAID IMPACT Blog: Mobile Clinics in India Take to the Road”