By Prosper Okonkwo, Research Associate in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
HIV diagnosis in Sub Saharan Africa in the nineties and early 2000s was literally a death sentence. In this post, Dr. Prosper Okonkwo looks at how treatment for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria has changed since the inception of PEPFAR - the largest global health program focused on a single disease in history. Dr. Okonkwo unveils the impacts of PEPFAR on Nigeria’s healthcare management systems, capacity to treat HIV/AIDS and other illnesses, health workforce development, and more. Please join Dr. Okonkwo and the Harvard Global Health Institute on October 7th for a one-day symposium to explore what enabled the creation and continuation of PEPFAR and to showcase how PEPFAR has transformed not just the worldwide HIV/AIDS response but global health delivery more broadly. Event details can be found here: 15+ Years Of PEPFAR: How US Action On HIV/AIDS Has Changed Global Health.