Time has certainly flown, and because of everyone’s hard work and commitment to Zimbabwe and its HIV-infected citizens, we have raised over $300,000 for AIDS medications, staffing support at the AIDS Research Center at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), a clean water well at UZ to stave off the cholera outbreak and educational support for AIDS orphans. Recently, we have selected the clinical research grants of three young research faculty at UZ who are involved in two interesting HIV-related projects as well as a microloan for 10 HIV-infected women in rural Zimbabwe who are committed to expanding their brocolli farms and reaching self-sufficiency.
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We would like to celebrate these very exciting 10 years through our next Zimbabwe Art and Sculpture auction at the Anschutz Medical Campus 5:30-8:30 pm on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. We hope that many of you will be able to come and join in the festivities or at least visit the Fulginiti Pavilion Gallery where we will be showing the artwork starting on November 17, 2014. Come see the beautiful new art that our Division of Infectious Disease physicians and staff have carried back after their consultations with their Zimbabwe colleagues.
Please join us for the Zimbabwe Art and Scupture Auction (December 2, 2014)!
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HIV Research Projects and Broccoli Farms...
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The ZATA Project
Fortunately, HIV prevalence has been declining in Zimbabwe: it was 27% in 1997, 24% in 2001, 18% in 2005, and 14% in 2009. Yet, fewer than half of Zimbabwean AIDS patients have access to the life-saving antiretroviral treatments for HIV/AIDS, and more th an 10% of all such treatment that is provided in this country of about 12 million people is provided through the research programs at the University of Zimbabwe Medical School Clinical Research Centre. Because of its generous donors and art buyers since 2004, the ZATA Project is now serving over 900 HIV-infected patients at the University of Zimbabwe and helping them return to a productive live with their families.
Doctors from the University of Colorado Denver and the University of California at San Diego collaborate with investigators at the University of Zimbabwe in on-going research to improve the care and treatment of people with AIDS in Zimbabwe. Over the past several years, this collaboration has resulted in funding from a number of organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, and pharmaceutical companies, among others, to conduct research studies to find the most effective combination of antiretroviral drugs to treat Zimbabwean AIDS patients. However, once patients in the study complete their role, they must purchase the drugs on their own. Most cannot afford to purchase the drugs to continue treatment. While the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has recently provided significant support to Zimbabwe for HIV medications, many HIV-infected patients still do not have access to life-saving drugs. Further, because of the country’s economic issues, the health institutions are often woefully short of funds to pay for professional staff and supplies.
The ZATA (Zimbabwe AIDS Treatment Assistance) Project was founded as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2004 in cooperation with University of Colorado Denver AIDS experts to raise funds through the sale and auction of Zimbabwean art and sculpture. The major propose of the ZATA Project is to provide antiretroviral drugs and medical care to HIV/AIDS-infected patients once they have completed their role in the medical research studies by closely working with the University of Zimbabwe medical faculty to purchase the most cost-effective therapies that will help the most people.