Zambian Doctors Gain Advanced HIV Expertise

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Dr. John Haloka is one of Zambia’s first locally trained HIV experts, thanks to a new HIV residency program supported by the AIDSRelief consortium. Photo by Debbie DeVoe/CRS

Debbie DeVoe, CRS’ regional information officer for eastern and southern Africa, sends in this update from Lusaka, Zambia.

Meet Dr. John Haloka—one of four doctors in Zambia that recently received an advanced degree in HIV care and treatment. Dr. Haloka’s training is critical: Slightly more than 15 percent of adult Zambians are living with HIV, and complicated cases require the attention of highly trained doctors.

The University of Zambia’s new HIV residency program was started last year through efforts made by the AIDSRelief consortium, which includes Catholic Relief Services and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute of Human Virology. IHV collaborated with Zambia’s Ministry of Health, the University of Zambia and the United States’ Centers for Disease Control to create the country’s first HIV residency program. An additional eight doctors will graduate this April, helping to strengthen Zambia’s health care system.

We’ll share Dr. Haloka’s story and more about the HIV situation in Zambia in coming weeks. Stay tuned.

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  2. lameck Says:

    Congratulations doc, you rock.

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