Clinical Care Response Team Introduction of Antiretroviral Therapy in Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Sites
In 2004, the UCSF Positive Health Program(PHP) at San Francisco General Hospital created an international training arm called ASPIRE: AIDS Services, Prevention, Intervention, Research, and Education. With a staff of ten nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians, the ASPIRE team works to build capacity at AIDS-focused organizations in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Côte d’Ivoire, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. They partner with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) to boost the provision of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for children and adults in the region.
Dr. Diane Havlir, UCSF Professor of Medicine, is the director of ASPIRE and of PHP overall. “Training and education are central to our mission,” Havlir says. “Training African providers in HIV care is an activity that will have immediate and life-saving effects for many persons living with HIV.”