IU partnership snags $60M HIV/AIDS grant

November 19, 2007
AMPATH, a program that grew out of the partnership between Indiana University School of Medicine and Kenya's Moi University Teaching and Referral Hospital, has received a 5-year, $60-million grant to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

The grant, announced today in Nairobi, comes from the U.S. Agency for International Development and is part of President George W. Bush's $15 billion initiative to fight AIDS in Africa.

The goal of the grant is to nearly triple the number of Kenyans that AMPATH cares for by 2012. AMPATH currently provides care for 52,000 HIV-infected patients and has reduced the rate of infection significantly.

The new money will go toward putting 70,000 patients on antiretroviral therapy and to stop transmission of HIV through home-based counseling and testing in communities served by 19 facilities.

The principal investigator of the grant, Robert Einterz, M.D., is associate dean for international affairs at the IU School of Medicine and co-founder of the IU-Moi partnership and AMPATH. The IU School of Medicine will augment the grant with $6 million over five years.

In addition, the partnership intends to improve and expand control of tuberculosis, and help communities meet the basic needs of 20,000 orphans and vulnerable children.
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