About Mona Haidar, MD, MPH
Dr. Haidar is a Research Fellow at the Global Health Delivery (GHD) project and Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (DGHSM). Before coming to Boston she worked in Lesotho as Director of the Bobete clinic for the HIV Rural Initiative of Partners In Health Lesotho. She is currently working alongside GHD and DGHSM faculty on research and academic products designed to train global health delivery instructors and implementers. Meanwhile, she is developing a social medicine curriculum to be implemented at Lebanese American University in Lebanon, where she will return to assume a faculty position upon the conclusion of her fellowship.
Dr. Haidar received her MD from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon in 2003; she also completed her clinical training in Internal Medicine there from 2003 to 2006. She expects to receive her Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health in 2009.
Read an interview on the GHD Website about my work in Lesotho: http://globalhealthdelivery.org/blog/?p=274
Role(s) / Profession(s)
Global Health Delivery Project
Website: http://globalhealthdelivery.org/ Type: Non-Governmental Organization Country: United States About: The Global Health Delivery (GHD) Project is working to systematize the study of health care delivery, to disseminate new learning to practitioners, and improve health care delivery in resource-limited settings.
Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
Website: http://www.hms.harvard.edu/dsm/ Type: Academic Institution Country: United States About: DGHSM is an interdisciplinary basic science department focused on both teaching and conducting research about the social, cultural and moral aspects of illness and health care, with a special emphasis on reducing health disparities and improving the quality of medical care. Central to the mission of the Department is an effort to address significant global health problems affecting resource-poor societies and underserved American communities. Members of the Department develop innovative interventions for dealing with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, mental illnesses, and drug abuse in resource poor settings.
Lebanese American University
Website: http://www.lau.edu.lb/ Type: Academic Institution Country: Lebanon About: The Lebanese American University is a multi-campus career-oriented institution which prepares students for responsible living, fully aware of the rich heritage and multiple needs of their respective communities. With two campuses in Beirut and Byblos, the university is at the crossroads of many interacting educational systems.
Partners In Health - PIH
Website: http://www.pih.org/ Type: Non-Governmental Organization Country: United States About: Partners In Health, co-founded by physicians Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim, serves millions of poor patients in nine countries, providing them with extensive health care and social services that address the root causes of poor health. By successfully proving that providing comprehensive, community-based medical care for complex diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis is not just possible but essential, the organization has helped bring about significant changes in global health policies and practices.
Dear Elfidah, Thank you for sharing with the community the challenges that patients in Lesotho face and for highlighting the importance of approaching the whole person and addressing the social and economic conditions of the patient. I would like to invite members to share their thoughts on this, and also ...
Mona Haidar, MD, MPH started a discussion "Transportation and adherence : share with us your organization's experience". in the [ARCHIVED] Adherence & Retention community.
Often patients in resources poor countries must travel at significant cost in money and time to reach the clinic that distribute the ARVs.Transportation cost and the time spent on the road constitute a challenge for access and adherence to ARVs. These issues are explored in the recent publication that was ...
Mona Haidar, MD, MPH started a discussion "A Pilot Study of Food Supplementation to Improve Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy Among Food-Insecure Adults in Lusaka, Zambia". in the [ARCHIVED] Adherence & Retention community.
Background: The provision of food supplementation to food-insecure patients initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) may improve adherence to medications. Methods: A home-based adherence support program at 8 government clinics assessed patients for food insecurity. Four clinics provided food supplementation, and 4 acted as controls. The analysis compared adherence (assessed by medication ...
Mona Haidar, MD, MPH started a discussion "Adherence to anti-retroviral therapy among HIV patients in Bangalore, India". in the [ARCHIVED] Adherence & Retention community.
Introduction: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has an estimated prevalence of 0.9% in India (5.2 million). Anti-retroviral drugs (ARV) are the treatments of choice and non-adherence is an important factor in treatment failure and development of resistance, as well as being a powerful predictor of survival. This study assesses adherence to ...
Mona Haidar, MD, MPH started a discussion "Community health workers for ART in sub-Saharan Africa: learning from experience – capitalizing on new opportunities". in the [ARCHIVED] Adherence & Retention community.
Abstract Low-income countries with high HIV/AIDS burdens in sub-Saharan Africa must deal with severe shortages of qualified human resources for health. This situation has triggered the renewed interest in community health workers, as they may play an important role in scaling-up antiretroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS by taking over a number ...
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