UNC trainee receives international leadership award for AIDS work in Malawi

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 — Agnes Moses, M.D., has been selected to receive the 2009 International Leadership Award from The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The award was announced during the 2009 International AIDS Society conference, held recently in Cape Town, South Africa.

Moses is a senior investigator at UNC Project-Malawi, a research, care and training facility that is a collaboration of Kamuzu Central Hospital and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She has played a key role in designing and implementing many of Malawi’s programs aimed at preventing the transmission of AIDS from mothers to their children.

As well as having one of the world’s lowest physician-to-patient ratios, Malawi lacks the capacity to offer medical residency training. UNC Project-Malawi financed Moses’ education in internal medicine at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

With the award, Moses will receive funding for three years for a project aimed at improving the effectiveness of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs, and improving maternal and infant HIV diagnosis, care, treatment and support in Lilongwe District of Malawi.

Created in 2002, the International Leadership Award 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 foundation has provided nearly $6 million in awards.

For more information on Moses’ award and UNC Project-Malawi, go to: http://globalhealth.unc.edu/malawian-doctor-wins-international-leadership-award-from-egpaf.php

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Web site: http://www.pedaids.org

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