At the Forefront of the AIDS Crisis in Africa

Larchmont Ledger, Feb. 1, 2016

In December of 2003, Dr. Richard Marlink, a professor of Public Health Practice at Harvard found himself living out that old adage, “Be careful what you wish for.”

The federal government announced on December 1st of that year it was awarding grants—$125 million over five years—to combat HIV/AIDS at a global level through a program called the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  Read More …

Ebola Makes the Definitive Case for Health Workers and Strong Health Systems

Ebola in West AfricaIntrahealth International, Nov 26, 2014

Since I first wrote about Ebola here at Global Health TV two months ago, the number of Ebola deaths has more than doubled, to 5,459, and the number infected has reached 15,351, according to the World Health Organization. Ebola has caused countless angst and affliction, mostly in West Africa but also in Spain and the U.S.  Read More …

Lessons from Ebola: Health care in Africa needs a PEPFAR-like approach

Global Post Nov 2014Global Post, Nov 14, 2014

BOSTON — With the declaration that Texas is now Ebola-free, the last potentially infected person having cleared the 21-day monitoring period, the United States is quickly shifting focus to other hot-burner topics. But while the fast fade of Ebola hysteria is a good thing, we now risk losing sight of a critical larger issue: The need to build strong health care systems in the poorest parts of Africa.  Read More ...

Dr. Richard Marlink: Global Clinician

Harvard AIDS Initiative, Spotlight, Summer 2013

 When he was an intern in New York City in 1980, Dr. Richard Marlink knew something was going on, he just didn’t know what. The hospital where he worked, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, served patients from Harlem to Greenwich Village. “Mainly gay men, homeless people, and drug addicts used our clinics,” said Marlink. The staff began seeing a surprising number of rare conditions like Kaposi’s sarcoma and miliary tuberculosis—conditions usually seen only once or twice in a medical career.

In 1981, the CDC published an account of five gay men in Los Angeles with a rare form of pneumonia. The report was later acknowledged as the first scientific mention of AIDS. In retrospect, it’s clear that Marlink and his colleagues at St. Vincent’s had been treating some of the first AIDS patients. Thirty years later, Marlink would be responsible for putting more AIDS patients on treatment than almost anyone on the planet.  Read More …

Harvard Partnership Fights HIV/AIDS in Botswana

BHP logoThe Harvard Crimson, Mar 7, 2013

In 1996, Executive Director of Harvard’s AIDS Initiative Richard G. Marlink worked with Essex to forge a partnership between Harvard and the Botswana government using a framework that had been implemented in similar programs in Senegal, Tanzania, the former Zaire, and Nigeria.  Read More …

In Africa, success against AIDS

Harvard Gazette ImageHarvard Gazette, Jan 16, 2013

Harvard AIDS researchers gathered at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) last Thursday to mark 10 years of work under a key federal anti-AIDS program that has been instrumental in stemming the tide of a disease that once threatened to destroy entire societies.  Read More …

HSPH efforts in Africa helped lead to decade of success against AIDS

PEPFAR featured imageHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health News, Feb 11, 2013

The largest public health initiative in history dedicated to a single disease was announced unexpectedly during President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address in 2003: $15 billion over five years to fund a new international AIDS effort. For AIDS researchers at HSPH, the program known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) offered the opportunity to dramatically scale up their efforts in African countries hit hard by the disease.  Read More …

Screening “The Carrier”

The Carrier ImageEGPAF Blog, April 24, 2012

Recently I hosted a screening in Boston of a remarkable documentary chronicling the impact of HIV on families in sub-Saharan Africa. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum co-sponsored a viewing of the film “The Carrier” by first-time filmmaker Maggie Betts.  Read More …

Further Research Critical to Eliminating Pediatric AIDS

pediatric aidsHuffington Post, Mar 1, 2011

Thirty years ago, doctors in the U.S. identified the first case of what would soon come to be known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. In 1981, we hadn’t yet identified the human immunodeficiency virus that causes the disease. Today we hold the real prospect of eliminating HIV in one entire segment of the world’s population: infants and young children.  Read More …

Plotting the demise of AIDS

AIDS@30Harvard Gazette, Dec 2, 2011

Scientists, physicians, activists, and others on the front lines of the 30-year fight against AIDS gathered on Harvard’s Longwood Campus on World AIDS Day Thursday to plot a strategy to achieve something that most once thought impossible: ending the AIDS epidemic.  Read More …

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HSPH find AIDS drugs work well in Botswana

Harvard Gazette, Nov 17, 2005 

Africa’s first large-scale public program to distribute critical AIDS drugs to a developing nation is as successful as similar programs in industrialized countries, a Harvard School of Public Health study has shown, helping put to rest concerns that such programs can’t work in developing nations.  Read More …