The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has announced the first recipients of its newly established International Leadership Awards. Three women — Dr. Francine Noel of Port au-Prince, Haiti; Dr. Celia Christie of Kingston, Jamaica; and Dr. Dorothy Mbori-Ngacha of Nairobi, Kenya — were chosen out of seventy applicants from around the globe.
The awards, which include a cash component of $450,000 over three years, are intended to support trained professionals in resource-poor countries who have the potential to develop programs that will have a direct and enduring impact on the pediatric HIV epidemic in their country. Award recipients will be expected to create HIV/AIDS research and implementation programs in any of a number of areas, including epidemiology, vaccine development, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, treatment of infected mothers and infants, development of national policies or strategies to combat pediatric HIV, assessment of economic impact of the disease and its prevention, and the training of additional in-country and regional professionals. Recipients of the award are also expected to mentor a minimum of three people who will help to achieve the project's goals and benefit from the experience.
"These women are uniquely qualified to understand the big picture," said Kate Carr, president and CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. "There is a desperate need for trained people in resource poor settings. The need is not just about the research findings, it is also about putting these findings into practice. This grant will have a dramatic impact on health care for thousands of children."