Myron Essex, Mary Woodard Lasker Professor of Health Sciences
Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases/HSPH AIDS Initiatives
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Dates of Research:
September 1, 2006 — September 1, 2007
With more than 60% of the world’s population living with AIDS, sub-Saharan Africa is the hardest hit region of the AIDS epidemic. Many of these African countries have been mobilizing efforts to create effective national and regional responses for the prevention of new HIV infections, to expand access to care and treatment programs, and to support research and development of HIV vaccines. The responsibility of undertaking these tasks and effective planning lie with African Heads of State and Governmental ministries. A 2004 survey of legislative efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, conducted by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF), indicates that many legislators and Members of Parliament need an in-depth understanding of HIV/AIDS and related issues to be able to effectively address the AIDS crisis within their own countries. The Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative (HAI) in collaboration with SADC PF are developing a comprehensive HIV/AIDS training conference which will provide these influential leaders and high-ranking government officials the knowledge and tools necessary to design and implement successful national HIV/AIDS programs.