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Best Practices in HIV/AIDS Programs

"Playing with Tires" 2007, Maputo, Mozambique Photo by Cecelia, age 13, courtesy Venice Arts©
“Playing with Tires” 2007, Maputo, Mozambique Photo by Cecelia, age 13, courtesy Venice Arts©

Dr. Richard Marlink, Executive Director of the Harvard AIDS Initiative, is the Executive Editor of the recently published From the Ground Up: Building Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Care Programs in Resource-Limited Settings. This three-volume collection of best practices and lessons includes contributions from over 320 distinguished HIV/AIDS professionals from around the globe, with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa. The book is being offered free-of-charge so that it will reach the widest possible audience, especially those involved with program implementation work “on the ground” in resource-limited settings. Continue reading

Research Opportunities for Undergrads

Carlos (second from right) with fellow undergrads and a BHP staff member
Carlos (second from right) with fellow undergrads and a BHP staff member

Not many undergraduates have the opportunity to conduct their own laboratory research projects. Harvard students who spend a semester abroad at the Botswana–Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) are a rare exception. Last year, Carlos Becerril, a pre-med social anthropology major, researched drug resistance among antiretroviral-naïve patients with recent HIV infection in Botswana. Continue reading

Profile: Rebeca Plank

Rebeca Plank with her parents in Bahia, Brazil
Rebeca Plank with her parents in Bahia, Brazil

By Martha Henry

If it hadn’t been for public health, Rebeca Plank might not have been conceived. Her parents met at a medical conference in the late 1960s.

Her father, Stephen Plank, a physician from the U.S., did his medical residency in the Panama Canal Zone. While there, he was dismayed to discover that he had to send people out from the hospital to the same conditions that had brought them there in the first place. He began to understand that while clinical medicine was important, the best way to make a lasting difference in people’s lives was to address root problems. He went back to school and earned a doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Continue reading

Interview with Rebeca Plank

 Dr. Rebeca Plank and Dr. Barbara Bassil hold recently circumcized babies.

Dr. Rebeca Plank and Dr. Barbara Bassil hold recently circumcized babies.

Dr. Rebeca Plank is the Principal Investigator of a new clinical trial, Infant Male Circumcision in Gaborone, Botswana, and Surrounding Areas: Feasibility, Safety and Acceptability. Plank is an Infectious Disease and HIV specialist who trained at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She recently spoke with Martha Henry, Editor of Spotlight Continue reading

From The Ground Up

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Volume  I  Contents  |  Volume II Contents  |  Volume III Contents  |  FAQs  | 


Introduction by: Pamela Barnes, President and CEO, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Edited by: Richard Marlink, MD, Senior Advisor, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Professor of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health; Sara Teitelman, MPH, Senior Technical Editor, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Mara banda with Miracle, the boy that she saved from being killed by his family after both his parents died from AIDS. Photo by Dominic Chavez
Mara banda with Miracle, the boy that she saved from being killed by his family after both his parents died from AIDS. Photo by Dominic Chavez

Format: From the Ground Up consists of three softcover volumes presented inside of a hardcover slipcase. The full content of the book is also available as a searchable CD-ROM.Description: From the Ground Up is a three-volume collection of best practices and lessons learned by 320 distinguished HIV/AIDS professionals from around the globe, with a special focus on sub-Saharan Africa. This groundbreaking publication is being produced by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation with support from the “A Day in the Life of Africa” AIDS Education Fund, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Harvard University, and others. In an unprecedented move for a publication of this size and quality, the Foundation is offering the book free of charge in the hope that it will reach the widest possible audience, especially those doing program implementation work “on the ground” in resource-limited settings.

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President Faust Visits BHP: Slideshow

On November 25th, 2009, Harvard President Drew Faust spent a day in Botswana, touring the clinics and lab of the Botswana–Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership. She met with doctors, researchers, and students to learn about AIDS research being conducted in southern Africa as part of Harvard’s growing commitment to global health.

PEPFAR Slideshow

The Mochudi Project: A Community Approach to AIDS Prevention

When the United Nations presented their 2009 Progress Report on HIV/AIDS in late September, there was good news. Over a million people in the developing world began treatment with antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) last year. Tremendous strides have been made in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Yet the news was tempered by the fact that 2.7 million people became newly infected in 2007, the last year for which estimates exist. Preventing new adult infections has been a losing battle in Africa and elsewhere.

Only by preventing new infections in sexually active teenagers and adults will we begin to see a true end to the AIDS epidemic. The Mochudi Project is designed to address exactly this problem.

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Steve Lagakos Remembered

By Martha Henry

Dr. Stephen Lagakos, an international leader in biostatistics and AIDS research and professor of biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), died in an auto collision on Monday, October 12th in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He was 63 years old. His wife, Regina, and his mother, Helen, were also killed in the daytime accident, along with the driver of the other car. Continue reading

AIDS in Africa: Photographs by Dominic Chavez