Chief Strategist and Co-founder, Partners in Health
DRCLAS Faculty Project: Strategies to address the TB in Resource Poor Communities
DRCLAS Faculty Project: Harvard-Instituto Pedro Kouri Scientific Collaboration
Partners in Health
Partners in Health provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners in Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair. Partners in Health draw on the resources of the Harvard's elite medical and academic institutions and on the lived experience of the world's poorest and sickest communities. At its root, its mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. Partners in Health is currently working in initiatives in Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico and Peru.
Participating Harvard faculty: Paul Farmer, Professor of Medical Anthropology, Jamie Bayona, Instructor, HMS.
Collaborating Institutions: Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities (DSMHI) at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Strategies to address the TB in Resource Poor Communities
Jaime Bayona and colleagues at Partners in Health (PIH) in Peru have created innovative programs that demonstrate ways to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in resource poor communities. The PIH-Socios En Salud community-based treatment program for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis was initiated in 1996 when a community screening turned up a number of residents from Carabayllo, Lima who did not respond to therapy for tuberculosis. Over the subsequent years, PIH and Socios en Salud have persisted in their commitment to provide the sick with treatment. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Harvard Medical School, they have been developing community based MDR-TB treatment strategies appropriate to local circumstances by proving that MDR TB patients can be cured in resource-poor settings. DRCLAS is working with PIH to disseminate the results of their work throughout Latin America.
Participating Harvard faculty: HMS faculty and instructors, Jamie Bayona, Arachu Castro, Mercedes Becerra, Paul Farmer.
Collaborating Institutions: Socios en Salud, Lima, Perú.
Harvard-Instituto Pedro Kouri Scientific Collaboration
Harvard and the Instituto Pedro Kourí (IPK) of Tropical Medicine have initiated a project to promote scientific collaboration and exchange between Cuban and Harvard scientists in the areas of public health and medicine. The IPK is Cuba 's leading research institute and treatment center in the control and eradication of infectious diseases in Cuba and elsewhere. The public health initiative has three main objectives:
1) to increase scientific collaboration and exchange between the IPK and Harvard;
2) to improve understanding of the functioning of Cuban health care system, the success achieved by Cuba in controlling at eradicating infectious disease and the role of institutions such as IPK in the public health system.
3) to support the development and dissemination of public health work currently underway in Cuba 's scientific and research laboratories and institutions.
The main topics of the project include: tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS, bacterial and viral respiratory infections, dengue, hepatitis, mycology, acute diarrheal disease, molecular biology of infectious disease, molecular epidemiology of infectious disease, immunology of infectious disease and social science analyses of infectious disease.
Collaborating Harvard faculty:
Arachu Castro, Assistant Professor in Social Medicine, Department of Social Medicine; Academic Director in Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change, Harvard Medical School
John David, Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Tropical Public Health, Emeritus
Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health
Paul Farmer, Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology, Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Donald Harn, Professor of Tropical Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health
Jim Kim, Associate Clinical Professor of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Eric Rubin, Associate Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health
Michael Starnbach, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Instituto de Medicina Tropical "Pedro Kourí" (IPK) [Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine]
Visiting Scholars from Cuba & Topics Studied:
Enrique Beldárrain Chaple: Major epidemics in the Americas from 1492-2000
Anselmo Otero: Optimization of Protein and Nucleotide Adjuvants with Immunoestimulatory Properties
Roberto Fernández: Certification Procedures for BL-3 Facility
Gustavo Kourí, Jorge Pérez Ávila and Guadalupe Guzmán: Cuba's Healthcare System & AIDS Research & Treatment
Mayra Mune Jiménez: Dengue Virus Vaccine with DNA Immunization
Lisette Pérez: HIV Load Viral Testing
Beatriz Sierra: HLA Class I genes and Dengue in Cuba, 1981-1997
Vivian Kourí Cardella: Kaposi's Sarcoma associated with Herpes Virus (KSHV)
Alicia Reyes Jiménez: HIV/AIDS Resource Allocation
Jorge Luis Maestre Mesa: Investigation of the function of virulence regulators of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis using Genome-Wide Location Analysis
Rayner Rodríguez: The role of cytotoxic T-lymphocytes in the immune response to bacterial infections such as Chlamydia
Raul Díaz: A comparison of two PCR-based DNA fingerprinting methods for typing Mycobacterium Tuberculosis