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Lothian and Zambia join forces to tackle HIV/AIDS

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 27 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1280
  1. Dorothy Logie
  1. Melrose

    Lothian Health Board, in Edinburgh has set up a three year partnership with doctors from Zambia to try to tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The partnership, which is partially funded by Lothian Health Board from an endowment, will be run by a part time coordinator and a multidisciplinary steering group.

    It will facilitate trips to and from Zambia by Zambian and Lothian clinicians, community support planners, academics, and public health and IT personnel to support those living with HIV and AIDS in Zambia and in Lothian, and to share lessons on prevention, adherence, and voluntary counselling and testing in the two areas.

    Clinicians from Lothian will visit two particular sites in Zambia where the country's antiretroviral therapy programme is being rolled out. They will support their Zambian colleagues in training trainers to deliver antiretroviral therapy.

    The joint initiative follows an initial visit by members of the Lothian team to Zambia and a return visit from four senior Zambian doctors to …

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