The Center for Global Health Policy staff will be hosting five congressional staff on a trip to Zambia to visit U.S. government funded programs to address HIV and TB in mid- August. In addition to visiting life-saving HIV treatment programs for adults and children, staff will have the opportunity to see a male circumcision program providing this HIV prevention intervention to men in the community. Congressional staff visitors to Zambia will have the opportunity to meet with Zambian AIDS and TB activists, some of whom are benefiting from HIV treatment funded by the PEPFAR program.
Stay tuned to ScienceSpeaks in August for live blogging from the trip.
In related news, HBO and the (RED) campaign released “The Lazarus Effect” in May — a wonderful, 30-minute video on HIV/AIDS in Zambia directed by Lance Bangs and executive produced by Spike Jonze and Susan Smith Ellis.
The 30-minute documentary reveals how antiretroviral drugs can bring people from near death back to productivity, and shows the effect this life-saving transformation can have on the Zambian people, their families and communities.