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Sophie Beauvais

Communications professional with 10+ years of experience in France and in the U.S. focusing on global health and social change issues

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Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL); Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT

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United States

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Agnès Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped)

Minister of Health in Rwanda. Pediatrician specialized in emergency pediatrics, neonatology, and the treatment of HIV/AIDS; and she Chair the Rwandan Pediatric Society. From 1986 to 2002, she practiced medicine in public hospitals in Rwanda and several other countries before joining Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission as Executive Secretary. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Public Library of Science, and the Harvard University Health and Human Rights Journal.
She co-chaired the Millennium Development Goal Project Task Force on HIV/AIDS and Access to Essential Medicines for the Secretary-General of the United Nations under the leadership of Professor Jeffrey Sachs. She was the global co-chair of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS. In addition to her medical degree and Master in Peadiatry, she received an Honorary Doctor of Sciences from Dartmouth College.
Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine of Harvard Medical School.

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Ministry of Health, Rwanda

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Rwanda

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Betsy Wonderly

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Massachusetts General Hospital - MGH

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United States

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Toby Norman

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Harvard University

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United States

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Usman Raza

Physician with MS in Health Policy & Management at Harvard, Fulbright Alum. Currently serving as Director Public Health Interventions for a national NGO in Pakistan. Previously worked at National AIDS Control Program (Global Fund's Round 9) in Pakistan. Experience in teaching public health and managing health development projects in Pakistan. Interests include Health Information Technology and Health Care Quality.

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National AIDS Control Programme, Pakistan; Prime Foundation Pakistan

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Pakistan

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Jayne Tusiime

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University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health

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Uganda

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Badewa Fatunde

Olubadewa Adeyemi Fatunde, or “Badewa,” obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Master’s in Public Health from The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice in June of 2008. Badewa’s thesis was based on his work with the New Hampshire Minority Health Coalition, and it focused on applying Medical Anthropology to improve the mental health of African Refugees and Latin American immigrants in Manchester, NH. His professional interests include global health, infectious diseases (especially HIV/AIDS), health policy, medical economics, and health science delivery.

Since graduating, Badewa has since gone on to work with Johnson & Johnson in their Department of Health Economics & Pricing, performing mainly meta-analyses and contributing to Cost Benefit Analyses in various projects focused on the carbapenam and quinolone class of drugs.

Badewa’s first memorable global health experience occurred during a program with La Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. While Guadalajara is a very metropolitan city, Badewa witnessed enormous and unacceptable health care disparities in impoverished parts of the city in his numerous visits with social workers from El Hospital General de Zapopán. Upon his return to the US, Badewa built on his experience in Mexico by serving as a medical interpreter uninsured Spanish-speaking patients at the Volunteer Health Clinic in Austin, TX. His next experience was halfway across the globe when he helped establish a clinic in Saboba, a rural village in Northern Ghana. In subsequent follow-ups, the main problems the clinic has faced have been shortages ofb resources and social capital, ultimately threatening the sustainability of the project.

Badewa’s interest in public policy developed from his active involvement in groups such as Public Health Advocacy Committee of Dartmouth Medical School and New Hampshire for Health Care, both advocating for the involvement of health professionals in the legislative process and universal health care here in the US.

Badewa previously was a Teaching Assistant (TA) for the Epi 505 class and is exited about taking management and global health delivery with his colleagues. After this program, he hopes to walk away with knowledge of dynamic and innovative methods of how best to utilize resources (financial, human, environmental, etc.) to achieve better health for populations across the world.

Badewa is finishing medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is a Urban Medicine and Patient Centered Medicine Scholar.

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Harvard School of Public Health; The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice - TDI; University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago

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United States

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Joao Da Silva Caballero

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Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH); John Hopkins University Technical Support for the Ethiopian HIV/AIDS ART Initiative - JHU-TSEHAI; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Countries

Peru

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Debbie Coultis

Extensive national and international research, presentations, and publications in a variety of disciplines.

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People, Animals, Nature, Inc. - PAN

Countries

United States

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Nyende Ali

St. Francis Health Care Service was started in 1998 by Faustine Ngrambe, a former CSC novitiate, Ann Guloba, an HIV positive activist, a nurse, Ruth Nabirye and 2 counselors, all local Ugandans. Ann Guloba died 2 years later. This beginning was made possible by a donation of 10,000 Pound Sterling from Mercury Phoenix Trust, a British Charity founded by pop-star “Mercury” who died of AIDS in the early nineties. In the beginning St. Francis served HIV-infected individuals in 2 districts near Jinja , Uganda with the following efforts:

Provide quality medical treatment and psycho-social support through a home based care program
Provide counseling to both the infected and affected.
Address stigma and discrimination related to HIV/AIDS at the community level.
Address gender inequalities related to HIV/AIDS such as widow inheritance, vulnerability of women to HIV/AIDS, early teenage marriages of the girl child.
Promote HIV/AIDS prevention programs at community level
Address the Orphans and Vulnerable Children crisis through, education support, i.e. vocational training of OVC’s, income generating activities and providing mentorship to youth through “Shadow Idol” Program
Sensitize the communities about the consequences of the relatives who grab widows and orphans property when the male parents die.
Since then we have grown tremendously including 38 fulltime staff, 175 volunteers, and 8 board members. Board members include two people living with HIV and members are elected by the annual assembly for a three-year term. Please visit our Staff page for a complete list of staff.

We regularly provide services for clients in five districts (Mukono, Kayunga, Mayuge, Kamuli and Kaliro) with a total population of nearly 2.5 million people, and due to our reputation, some patients come from as far away as Bugiri, Iganga, Mayuge, Kayunga, and even other districts in the eastern Uganda. We are currently serving over 9,000 patients, 120 grannies, and 1,500 orphans. Please visit the Service Area page to learn more about the area we serve.

Funding for St. Francis Health Care Services has come from numerous donors over the years including: Mercury Phoenix Trust, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Development Cooperation Ireland (Irish Aid), Firelight Foundation USA , US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Stephen Lewis Foundation (Canada), Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Hope for Children Initiative, Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), International Council on Management of Populatinos Programmes (ICOMP), Programme for Accessible Health Communication and Education (PACE), Global Strategies for HIV Prevention, Children of Grace, and Friends of Reach Out Africa (FORO).

Programs and services offered at St. Francis include: Medical Care, Awareness and Sensitization, Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Support for Grannies (including income generating activiites), Shadow Idol Club (mentoring), and Omwana House (child rehabilitation).

For a complete list of our programs please see our programs pages.

Mission/Goals

OUR VISION:
To contribute efforts towards a world FREE of HIV Infection.

OUR MISSION :
1) to prevent the further spread of HIV;

2) to mitigate the personal and community impact of AIDS through the provision of quality medical care, counseling, and education to the infected and the affected;

3) to improve access to HIV treatment, care and support;

4) to lessen the impact of HIV and AIDS, particularly among the most vulnerable and marginalized.

OUR GOAL:
to build and strengthen the capacity of the community in HIV prevention and AIDS care so as to reduce the spread of HIV and to reduce the psycho-social effects brought by HIV/AIDS.


OUR VALUES:
The lives of all human beings are of equal value. A person's vulnerability to HIV is increased by unequal power relations arising from economic poverty and social marginalization. Gender, religion, class, race, ethnicity, age, disability, drug use and sex work are all potential factors shaping unequal power relations, human rights abuses, and vulnerability.
Everyone has the right to access the HIV information and services they need. People have the right to full and accurate information as well as to comprehensive HIV prevention programs.
Everyone has the right to access HIV care and treatment, and appropriate health and social services. This includes HIV treatment and palliative care for those with AIDS-defining illnesses.
Accomplishments

Out puts to date (May 2009)

9,000 People diagnosed with HIV (Clients) are registered and receiving Medical and Counseling services both at the Centre and home. This is as a result of reduced stigma and discrimination in the Communities where we serve. Clients are willing to be visited at home. This was not heard of 10 years ago.
88,000 people have sought VCT since November 2001 (when we started keeping track). This is another sign of reduced stigma.
6000 Non-HIV patients are using St. Francis Health Care Services for their medical care. That these patients will use the same facility formerly labeled an “AIDS Clinic” is a sign of reduced discrimination of Clients.
82% T.B cure rate among HIV positive patients.
2500 Clients are accessing antiretroviral treatment (ART) in collaboration with Joint Clinical Research Centre, 520 of them are Children.
40 Clients are involved in the music/drama group and are active in prevention music dance and drama activities at a weekly basis.
175 Community Counseling Aides volunteers trained and serving in their own communities.
75 teachers trained as HIV/AIDS counselors.
80 AIDS coordination committees established from the sub-county to the village level
Sub-County AIDS Coordination Committee (SACC)
Parish AIDS Coordination Committee (PACC) and
Village AIDS Coordination Committee (VACC).
These structures have further broken the silence hence reducing stigma and discrimination in the communities (peer education).
1,200 orphans supported in school.
30 children in vocational training.
400 Shadow Idol Club members (~300 in weekly attendance).
4 Shadow Idol Club members have been admitted to public universities on Government Scholarship as a result of mentoring from the program.

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St. Francis Health Care Services

Countries

Uganda

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Mandy Jean Woods

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loveLife; South Africa Partners

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South Africa

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Jennifer Chapman

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University of Pennsylvania

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United States

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Ahmed Maawy

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DataDyne

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Kenya

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Sanjeev Verma

Medical doctor with advanced studies in health systems research and over 10 years of experience coordinating integrated primary health care projects in India and Africa. Currently based in India and remotely serving as editorial board member for Quantum Healthcare Analytics, Belgium. Current interests include, health information and education, evidence-based medicine, health IT applications (e-health, telemedicine, m-health), etc.

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Institute of Health Systems - IHS; Merlin; Terre des hommes Foundation - (Tdh); WHO

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Ethiopia; India; Kenya; Nigeria; South Sudan

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bereket sebhatu

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Orotta School of Medicine; Tahir Heart Institute

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Eritrea

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sudarshan paudel

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Patan Academy of Health Sciences - PAHS

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Nepal

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Prasil Pradhan

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Patan Academy of Health Sciences - PAHS

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Nepal

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Rishabh Phukan

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Partners HealthCare System

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United States

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Enyenihi Asangansi

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Health Information Systems Programme - HISP

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Nigeria

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Mohini Bhavsar

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McMaster University

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Canada

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