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Pediatrics AIDS Corps Doctors of 2009 To Start

July 23, 2009

The newest group of doctors selected to join the Pediatric AIDS Corps, a joint program of the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (www.bayloraids.org/) and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (www.bms.com/foundation), will travel to Africa this week to begin their assignments.

The group’s deployment abroad follows completion of a two-week training course in pediatric HIV/AIDS and tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu).

“We are constantly amazed with the quality of doctors that come on board for the Pediatric AIDS Corps,” said Mike Mizwa, senior vice president and chief operating officer of BIPAI. “There are eight languages spoken within this group and most have experience working in an international health care setting, some in Africa. This experience, educational background and diversity make for a stronger Corps. ”

The group includes 25 doctors, most who have recently completed their residency training programs, who will be assigned to BIPAI-associated Children’s Clinical Centers of Excellence.

These centers provide HIV/AIDS care and treatment in areas of Africa where a high percentage of all deaths of children under age five is caused by the disease.

Each Corps doctor will provide primary and HIV/AIDS specialty care and treatment in collaboration with local health professionals for a minimum of one year.

The new class of doctors and their designated centers include:

-Botswana

Stephanie Davis of Washington, D.C.; Leigh Howard of Searcy, Ark.; Brianna Kirk of Kansas City, Kan.; Premal Patel of Dickinson, Texas; Julia Rosebush of Bay City, Mich.; Leah Scherzer of Montclair, N.J.; and Gelane Workneh of Chicago.

-Ethiopia

Sarah Frenning of Minneapolis, Minn.

-Lesotho

Akash Devandra of Madras, India; Rajni Gunnala of Phoenix; Alexander Kay of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; Jaime Petrus of Ludington, Maine; and Amy Williams of Albuqureque, N.M.

-Malawi

Sahera Dirajlal-Fargo of Phoenix; Rachel Kreps-Falk of Oakland, Calif.; and Carl Nosek of Whitewater, Wis.

-Mbeya, Tanzania

Ijeoma (‘IJ”) Anosike of Elmont, N.Y., and Jessica Bradford of Boston.

-Moshi, Tanzania

David Bowe of Seattle and Thu Bao Trung Vu of Abbeville, La.

-Mwanza, Tanzania

Duncan Hau of Moraga, Calif.; Ayesha Kadir of St. Louis; and Cecily Wait of Walnut Creek, Calif.

-Swaziland

Douglas Blank of Arlington, Va., and Matthew Markowski of New Hartford, Conn.

A link to biographies for each Corps doctor can be found here: http://bayloraids.org/corps/bios2009.php.

The Pediatric AIDS Corps is supported through a partnership between Bristol-Myers Squibb and BCM that provides each doctor with a stipend, covers living expenses and training, and offers assistance with student loan debt relief.

The first class of Pediatric AIDS Corps doctors was deployed abroad to work in BIPAI clinics in August 2006.

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