Pharmacist Combats AIDS in Malawi
In August 2004 Sharon Youmans, PharmD, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at the UCSF School of Pharmacy, traveled to Africa's developing country of Malawi as a trustee of the San Francisco-based Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA). Youmans brings her pharmacy expertise to a country where there are:
- few physicians
- fewer pharmacists and
- dwindling numbers of nurses.
The World Health Organization estimates that HIV infects 11.3 to 17.7% of Malawi's adult population. Youmans cautions that because data is difficult to obtain, infection rates might be as high as 30 to 40%. Along with her GAIA colleagues, Youmans is teaching women to provide AIDS education and care to people within their homes and to orphaned children, many of whom have lost their entire families to AIDS. Their project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
This is a picture story of her journey.
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