Category Archives: Winter 2010

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

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.