PEPFAR at 20 — A Game-Changing Impact on HIV in Africa

By 2003, highly active antiretroviral therapy (ART) had transformed AIDS from a fatal illness into a chronic, manageable condition in industrialized countries. But in sub-Saharan Africa, home to 70% of the global population of people living with HIV, fewer than 50,000 of the estimated 27 million people living with HIV had access to ART, which resulted in a staggering 10- to 20-year drop in life expectancy and millions of infants with HIV dying within 1 year after birth.1

To address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa, U.S. President George W. Bush announced the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2003. Congress swiftly authorized $15 billion as part of the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act.


Celebrating Prof Serigne M. Gueye

Dear AFREhealth Colleague,

Join us celebrate Prof Serigne Magueye Gueye, MD, FWACS, the recipient of the Urology Care Foundation 2023 Humanitarian Recognition Award.

This award is bestowed upon an individual who exemplifies the spirit of philanthropy as evidenced by their humanitarian work.

Prof Gueye is an active AFREhealth member and serves on the Advisory Board to the AFREhealth NIH Grant.  Read more:

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Kilmarx steps in as Acting Fogarty Director, Sturke to act as Deputy

Headshot of Dr. Peter Kilmarx 

Peter Kilmarx, M.D., is stepping in as Acting Director of the Fogarty International Center and Acting Associate Director, Global Health Research, National Institutes of Health, after the departure of Roger I. Glass, M.D., Ph.D.  An expert on infectious disease research and HIV/AIDS prevention, Dr. Kilmarx was named Deputy Director of the Fogarty International Center in 2015. During his tenure at Fogarty he has lead analysis of NIH global health activities, built coalitions with high-level NIH and external stakeholders, and represented the Center and NIH in national and international forums. He co-lead an initiative to transform African health professional education and research, resulting in the formation of the African Association for Health Professions Education and Research (AFREHealth), as well as the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI), which brings African postdoctoral fellows to NIH. He has also focused on efforts to increase equity in global health research and building global capacity for pandemic preparedness .

“I'm grateful for the leadership and mentoring of Dr. Roger Glass," said Dr. Kilmarx. "I'm excited about this opportunity to serve Fogarty and our partners, strengthening global research capacity and partnerships to address the critical global health challenges of our time."  Dr. Kilmarx will oversee an annual budget of more than $95 million and a portfolio of nearly 600 active grants while continuing Fogarty's mission to support and facilitate global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, build partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and train the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.

Join us to congratulate Prof Kien Alfred Mteta

Dear AFREhealth Colleague,

Join us to congratulate Prof Kien Alfred Mteta, AFREhealth Vice President on his election to join the CUGH’s Board of Directors.

We wish him success in the 3-year term as he represents AFREhealth on the board, contributing to improvement in quality of life of people and strengthening the AFREhealth-CUGH partnership. 

Thank you

Discussion | Coronavirus pandemic

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