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Young Scholar Honored for Role in Saving Women from Cervical Cancer
Dr. Vikrant Sahasrabuddhe is well known for his pioneering work on cervical cancer among HIV positive women. I caught up with him at the recent International AIDS Meeting in Washington DC. In our interview, he discusses his groundbreaking research the he conducted with a $25,000 grant as a graduate student. For his doctoral dissertation, he worked with Dr. Groesbeck Parham and found that among 150 HIV positive women studied in Zambia, more than 50% had cervical cancer or pre-cancerous cervical lesion – among the highest rates ever documented at the time. This ground breaking work helped lead to the development of the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), which is now the key focal point of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon activities through the Ministry of Health in Zambia. Since the program was launched in Zambia in 2006 as PEPFARs flagship cervical cancer prevention program almost 85,000 women have been screened. Over 175 healthcare professionals from 10 African countries have been trained in Zambia and the program has been replicated in 8 of these. I traveled with President and Mrs. Bush in July to witness the dedication of CIDRZ as the African Center of Excellence for Women's Cancer Control. On July 27, 2012, Dr. Sahasrabuddhe received the Young Investigator Award at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC for his HIV-related cancer research. This award is given to exemplary young scientists “who demonstrate innovation, originality, rationale and quality in the field of HIV/AIDS research.” Dr. Sahasrabuddhe is currently an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University and research fellow at the National Cancer Institute.
14 Things to Know About the Life-Saving Work of PEPFAR on its 14th Anniversary
This weekend marks the 14th anniversary of PEPFAR, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which President George W. Bush signed into law on May 27, 2003 as part of the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003. Since then PEPFAR has saved nearly 12 million lives. Here’s a look at 14 interesting facts about PEPFAR, which has lead the progress in the global campaign to end AIDS. In 2003, at the signing of the PEPFAR legislation, less than 50,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa were on antiretroviral treatment (ART) for HIV/AIDS, now 11.5 million individuals are on ART due to PEPFAR. 99.5 percent of HIV-positive pregnant women are receiving ART, a more than 40 percent increase since the beginning of 2014. This has led to nearly 2 million babies being born HIV-free to infected mothers. Since the start of PEPFAR, new HIV Infections have declined 51 to 76 percent. Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) can reduce men&rs
President and Mrs. Bush's Visit to Namibia and Botswana in Photos
They delivered a message to Congress and all Americans: lives in Africa matter.
Building on America’s Leadership in Global Health
The new administration should stay the course as a strong leader in global health. This is a bipartisan effort, as both sides of the aisle have agreed on the importance of health care investments through successive Congresses and administrations, reflecting the priorities of the American people.
7 Things to Know about PEPFAR on World AIDS Day
Today marks World AIDS Day: a day to honor those lost, celebrate the global progress made in the fight against AIDS, and commit to put an end to the disease. In 2003, at the signing ceremony for the legislation that enacted the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), President George W. Bush said, “We believe in the value and dignity of every human life. In the face of preventable death and suffering, we have a moral duty to act, and we are acting.” Since then, PEPFAR has delivered life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) to 11.5 million people, and nearly 2 million babies have been born HIV-free with PEPFAR support. PEPFAR’s success contributes to a coordinated global effort to end AIDS. UNAIDS reports that since 2000, 18.2 million people have access to treatment for HIV, new infections of HIV have decreased by over 1 million infections, and AIDS-related deaths have decreased by 1.4 million. There is real hope for endin