Treating HIV/AIDS in resource-poor settings like Rwanda is hard enough, with health worker shortages, drug supply glitches, and other hurdles hindering quality care. But when the HIV-positive patient is an infant, the job is even more daunting. There are obstacles at every turn, from individual patient diagnosis to case management to weak underlying country health systems. Compounding the problem, caring for HIV-infected children is very different from treating adults, involving complications that can seem overwhelming to even the most seasoned physicians.
The South-to-South Partnership for Comprehensive Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment, the subject of the Center for Global Health Policy’s latest program profile, is trying to change that. The collaboration between Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs and Stellenbosch University in South Africa provides much-needed training in pediatric HIV treatment to African health professionals.This program profile is part of an ongoing effort by the Center to highlight innovative research, prevention, and treatment programs to combat global HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. To submit information about your own research or program for future profiles, visit this page.
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