The ZATA Project
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 (CU) Anschutz Medical Center AIDS experts to raise funds through donations and the sale and auction of Zimbabwean art and sculpture. ZATA funds have been a critical source for the University of Zimbabwe's physician faculty in their fight against the AIDS epidemic, which has been catastrophic for so many Zimbabweans and their familiies. While more and more Zimbabweans now have access to life-saving antiretroviral medications, many health-related needs still remain.
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ZATA has raised almost $400,000 for a number of critical expenses in Zimbabwe. Not only have we been able to buy life-saving AIDS medications for UZ patients, but we also funded a clean water well in 2009 at the UZ AIDS Research Centre to stave off an outbreak of cholera. Additionally, we funded AIDS-related research projects of two talented UZ post-graduate students and provided support for orphans and farmers affected by the AIDS epidemic.
Most recently, ZATA purchased thoracic ultrasound equipment for the Department of Medicine physicians and staff at the UZ. We collaborated with Professor Ali Musani, Vice Chair, Global Health, Department of Medicine at the CU School of Medicine on the purchase and Dr. Musani trained the faculty and staff at UZ on the equipment February 26 and 27, 2019. The ZATA Board is very appreciative of the training and travel support provided by The Department of Medicine CoZIE (Colorado Zimbabwe Exchange) Program.
The organization is managed by an entirely volunteer Board of Directors in Denver and San Diego, as well as an Advisory Board comprised of mostly medical experts in Colorado, California and Zimbabwe.
The beautiful, original Zimbabwe artwork that our CU AIDS experts have bought directly from the artists, and then brought back after completing their research and teaching collaborations are now on Etsy! Our donors have bought this fantastic art throughout the years, and the remaining paintings are now totally accessible on line for sale.