Evidence-Informed Practice: Treating HIV-AIDS

Nov 14, 2012, 12:00 PM
HPC2 Atrium

This is a story of hope of HIV/AIDS health treatment practices in Africa. Makaria Reynolds of the Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation will speak about current practices for treatment that are relevant across the health professions.

This is a story of hope of HIV/AIDS health treatment practices in Africa: "Evidence-Informed Practice: The Care, Treatment and Support of People Living with HIV-AIDS."

Makaria Reynolds of the “Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation” will speak about current practices for treatment that is relevant across the health professions, from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the HPC2 Atrium, on the Health Professions Campus, Hillsboro (www.pacificu.edu for map). Lunch will be served. The event is sponsored by the Pacific University Center for Gender Equity, International Programs and Elise Elliott Foundation.

ELIZABETH GLASER’S STORY:  Elizabeth contracted HIV from a blood transfusion in 1981 while giving birth to her daughter, Ariel. She later learned that Elizabeth had unknowingly passed the virus on to Ariel through breast milk and that her son, Jake, had contracted the virus in utero. The Glasers discovered that drug companies had no idea that HIV was prevalent among children. The only drugs on the market were for adults; nothing had been tested or approved for children. 

Ariel lost her battle with AIDS in 1988. Fearing that Jake's life was also in danger, Elizabeth rose to action by creating a foundation that would raise money for pediatric HIV/AIDS research. 

Elizabeth lost her own battle with AIDS in 1994 and her organization has become the leading global nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing pediatric HIV infection and eliminating pediatric AIDS.  Elizabeth’s legacy lives on in her son, Jake, who is now a healthy young adult.

MAKARIA REYNOLDS is the country support technical officer for Lesotho, Swaziland, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Congo.  She also provides support to the USAID-funded Call to Action Program, which focuses on preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV in numerous countries. Makaria received her degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

DR. JOHN REID-HRESKO will compliment Ms. Reynold's talk by addressing the culturally-situated ways in which northern Tanzanians understand the dynamics of HIV transmission and the ways in which these understandings influence the success of HIV prevention programs."  Reid-Hresko is a Sociology Professor at Pacific's Forest Grove campus, who researched responses to HIV/AIDS transmission in South Africa and Tanzania.

See the AIDS Quilt in the Pacific University Forest Grove Library, and in Creighton Hall, Pacific University Campus, Hillsboro Nov. 4 to Dec. 2.

Reynolds will also speak on the Forest Grove campus about the social implications of HIV/AIDS in Africa on Nov. 15, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Marsh Hall 216 on the Forest Grove Campus. Reception to follow.

Posted by Jenni Luckett (jluckett@pacificu.edu) on Nov 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Edited by Joe Lang (jlang@pacificu.edu) on Nov 13, 2012 at 12:18 PM

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