On this 35th World AIDS Day -- December 1, 2022 -- GAIA Global Health held an inspiring and informative webinar providing an update on the global progress towards an AIDS-free world with a focus on the remarkable strides made in Malawi. Hear from Beth Geoffroy (GAIA Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships), MichaelGottlieb (Physician and Immunologist/HIV Advocate), Dr. Jamie Houston (PEPFAR, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator), and James Selemani (GAIA Malawi Lead Clinical Officer of the Mangochi Mobile Clinics)!
Beth Geoffroy, GAIA Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships
Beth Geoffroy is a development economist with 15 years experience working in global health focused on health care provision and health system strengthening in southern Africa. Beth joined GAIA in 2010 and is currently leading overall program strategy for the organization, global advocacy and institutional fundraising. She works hand in hand with the GAIA Malawi team to ensure successful implementation, replication and scale of programs that work.
Michael Gottlieb, Physician and Immunologist/HIV Advocate
Michael Gottlieb is an American physician and immunologist known for his 1981 identification of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) as a new disease, and for his research, activism, and philanthropic efforts associated with HIV/AIDS treatment. Michael is GAIA's Medical Advisor and a former Board member.
Dr. James Houston, Medical Officer, PEPFAR
Dr. James Houston is the ICPI Coordinator at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), in the US State Department in Washington DC. He has worked for PEPFAR for the last 10+ years in various roles at CDC and State department. He joined the Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis (DGHT) in 2011 as an EIS officer with DGHT's Maternal and Child Health Branch, during which he led several evaluations including the MMWR on the scale up of Option B+ in Malawi.
James Selemani, GAIA Malawi Clinical Officer
James Selemani was born in Namwera village, Mangochi District and received a diploma in clinical medicine from the Malawi College of Health Sciences. Before joining the GAIA Malawi team in 2008, he served both hospitals and NGO’s with a focus on HIV/AIDS work. Now, James is the lead Clinical Officer for GAIA’s Mangochi Mobile Clinic, providing rural Malawians with the accessible healthcare that he lacked growing up.