UNC Physician Receives 2009 International Leadership Award From The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

July 27, 2009 – Agnes Moses, MD has been selected to receive the 2009 International Leadership Award (ILA) from The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.  The announcement was made during the 2009 International AIDS Society (IAS) conference, held July 19-22 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Moses is a senior investigator at the UNC Project-Malawi, a research, care and training facility that is a collaboration between Kamuzu Central Hospital and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.  She has played a key role in the design and implementation of many of Malawi’s prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs.

In addition to having one of the world’s lowest physician-to-patient ratios, Malawi lacks the capacity to offer medical residency training.  UNC Project-Malawi financed Dr. Moses’s education in internal medicine at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.  “I have benefitted immensely from generous external training programs,” Dr. Moses said.

Malawi also suffers from a high incidence of out-migration of medical trainees, but Dr. Moses is committed to living and practicing medicine in her home country.  “This award is a perfect opportunity for Dr. Moses to realize her full potential in medicine and public health and as a leader in the Malawi health sector,” said Irving Hoffman, PA, MPH, U.S. Director of UNC Project-Malawi and Research Associate Professor in the UNC School of Medicine.  “Agnes would be the first to acknowledge that her ability to win this award was a team effort, and it will be a team effort to improve the health of mothers and children in Malawi.”

Created in 2002, the International Leadership Award (ILA) supports physicians and scientists worldwide who have the training and potential to develop pediatric HIV programs, but lack the financial resources to do so.  To date, the ILA has provided nearly $6 million in awards. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation received 50 letters of intent for this year’s award, funded generously by Jewelers for Children (JFC), a long-time supporter of the Foundation.

Dr. Moses will receive funding over a three-year period for a project aimed at improving the effectiveness of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), and improving maternal and infant HIV diagnosis, care, treatment, and support in Lilongwe District of Malawi. The project will train three key individuals (one general physician, one nurse, one laboratory technician) to serve as trainers and implementers of the PMTCT program at Bwaila Hospital, the PMTCT center of excellence in Lilongwe District. Following evaluation of the program, successful components will be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Health at additional sites, starting with Lilongwe District and then expanding nationwide. Bwaila Hospital will continue to serve as a training center for new personnel as PMTCT services expand to additional health centers.

“I consider it an honor and privilege to get this award,” Dr. Moses said. “I accept it with humility and commitment to the cause of reducing pediatric and maternal HIV in Malawi.”

More information:
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation: http://www.pedaids.org.


UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases contact: Lisa Chensvold (919) 843-5719, lisa_chensvold@med.unc.edu.

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