Category Archives: Spring 2011

HSPH Dean and Delegation Visit Africa Slideshow

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AIDS@30
aids@30 logoTo mark the 30th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic, the Harvard School of Public Health is convening a major international symposium. The two-day event, AIDS@30: Engaging to End the Epidemic, begins on World AIDS Day, December 1, at Harvard University. AIDS@30 will bring together several hundred global leaders in medicine, science, arts, advocacy, public health and government. Participants will engage in a series of panel discussions and interactive events.  The meeting will foster a rigorous and productive dialogue about what we have learned over the past three decades and how we can apply those lessons
to end the epidemic. Continue reading

HSPH Dean and Delegation Visit Africa

Dean Julio Frenk (first from right) with visitors at Amtulabhai Karimjee Clinic in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dean Julio Frenk (first from right) with visitors at Amtulabhai Karimjee Clinic in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), visited Tanzania and Botswana this February, accompanied by David Hunter, Dean for Academic Affairs, and a number of distinguished visitors.

The delegation arrived first in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where HSPH Professor Wafaie Fawzi has conducted clinical trials and pioneered nutritional interventions to improve the quality of life for HIV/AIDS patients, pregnant women and children. Continue reading

The Return of Neo Tapela

Tapela calls on patients in Lesotho.
Tapela calls on patients in Lesotho.

By Martha Henry

Neo Tapela was born in 1980 at Princess Marina Hospital, or Marina as the locals call it, the largest public hospital in Botswana. When she was 14, the aunt who raised her was diagnosed with breast cancer. Marina diid not have sufficient oncology services, so her aunt had to travel four hours by car to South Africa for surgery and chemotherapy treatments. She later died at Marina. Continue reading

Interview with Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith photo by Graham Clark
Alexander McCall Smith photo by Graham Clark

 

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the acclaimed No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has been translated into 45 languages and sold over 20 million copies worldwide. He was born in what is now Zimbabwe and was educated there and in Scotland. Continue reading

Training Healthcare Workers in Africa

Healthcare workers in Botswana photo by Richard Feldman
Healthcare workers in Botswana photo by Richard Feldman

A good doctor is hard to find, especially in Africa. Although it bears 24% of the global disease burden, Africa has only 3% of the world’s healthcare workers. To address this issue, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will provide $130 million over five years to African institutions in twelve countries. This new program, the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), provides funding to help train 140,000 new Africa-based healthcare workers and improve medical education across the continent. Continue reading