University of Miami to Use $2.5 Million Grant to Help Children With HIV
February 10, 2003
The University of Miami announced Friday that it will use a $2.5 million grant from the private Green Family Foundation to fund research, education and medical care for HIV-infected children and families in South Florida, Haiti and elsewhere.Adapted from:
"This gift will enhance our program for pediatric HIV and pediatric infectious diseases in many ways," said Gwendolyn Scott, director of the division of pediatric infectious diseases and immunology of the university's pediatrics department. The grant will support new research and community education efforts. It will also allow the university to help administer a training program for medical professionals in Haiti and other developing countries with Project Medishare, a nonprofit group. After first concentrating on South Florida and Haiti, the effort will expand to other countries and will also help children with infectious diseases other than HIV. Already, Scott said, university doctors are working with children in Zambia and South Africa.
Florida is No. 2 in the nation for pediatric AIDS cases, and more than 50 percent of those cases are in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, Scott said. UM's Department of Pediatrics cares for about 330 perinatally infected children, tracks about 200 babies each year who were born to HIV-infected mothers, and runs a program for children who become infected as teens, Scott said. In addition, the university has participated in many clinical trials and trained doctors from Zambia, Brazil, Argentina and the Dominican Republic.
"We have been very active in our research in this area for many years," Scott said. "We want to change the lives of many children for many years to come. We anticipate our work will have a worldwide impact."
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
02.08.03; Madeline Baro Diaz
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.