Pat Daoust is a registered nurse who has been working in the field of HIV for over 25 years. Pat joined the staff of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, as a health provider educator in the mid-80’s, eventually serving as Director of the Client Service Department until 2000.
For the past 9 years Pat has worked on international HIV related projects in resource-limited settings, primarily in Africa. She participated in the Harvard AIDS Institute Botswana KITSO program, focusing on the education of health care professionals in regard to HIV care and treatment. Pat also led the mobilization of the first group of PLWAs in Botswana, forming the Coping Center for People Living with HIV/AIDS (COCEPWA)… an important advocacy, educational and support organization with 15 centers throughout the country.
Pat also worked with the International Education and Training Center on HIV (I-TECH) in Ethiopia. She directed a team of international nurses in the development of programs that built in-country capacity for the provision of a continuum of care for those living with HIV/AIDS …including educational , advocacy, leadership and mentoring projects. This CDC/PEPFAR HIV/ART Nurse Specialist project is now being implemented by Ethiopian nurse leaders and serves as a model program for other African nations.
Pat joined Physician for Human Rights as the Director of their Global AIDS Campaign in 2007. This multi-year Gates funded campaign advocated for a comprehensive, evidence and rights-based responsive to the global AIDS epidemic with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Under Pat’s leadership special emphasis was given to the promotion of effective US policies that address the most marginalized, especially women and girls. Health Rights=Healthy Women, an advocacy platform design by Pat, addresses the vitally important role that human rights play in the empowerment of women and girls. By partnering with health professional and womens organizations on the ground in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, the campaign brought first-hand expertise to the attention of key policymakers here in the US and has successfully impacted major legislation specifically PEPFAR.
Presently Pat is the Chief Nursing Officer for the Global Health Service Corps..a partnership program with the US Peace Corps. She is also the Associate Director of Nursing for the Center of Global Health at Mass General Hospital in Boston, Ma.