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Coping with the spread of HIV infection in Central Asia: the case of Kazakhstan

A public lecture by DARDANE ARIFAJ

Thursday, October 16, 2008
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Ms. Dardane Arifaj, Pharm., MPH., works internationally on pharmaceutical policies and medicines supply systems. She has worked for the World Health Organization and/or UNICEF in the Balkans, Central Asia, Middle East, Indian sub-continent, Africa and South Pacific regions, providing technical support to governments on the various aspects of medicines policy formulation and implementation; regulation framework; monitoring; evaluation and assessment of pharmaceutical systems and health programs, which all aim to ensure access to care and treatment for the population. Ms. Arifaj is experienced in health sector reforms in transitional countries and served as an advisor on health affairs to the former Prime Minister of Kosovo. Her work in vertical programs contains various assessments of access to anti-TB and HIV treatment in a few countries. In the area of HIV/AIDS her interests are mainly focused in the prevention of mother to child transmission of the virus (PMTCT) for which she has designed the concept of Mother & Baby pack for UNICEF, an innovative approach to facilitate the intervention in the resource-poor settings. She remains dedicated to interventions that aim to improve the access to medicines for children living with HIV/AIDS and for all other children lacking access to treatment of curable diseases. Her most recent work is focused on regional integration of pharmaceutical systems and aggregation of the purchasing power to benefit countries with small pharmaceutical market and weak regulatory systems, currently leading the project for pacific island countries.

Ms. Arifaj will present her work in Kazakhstan where she evaluated the national response after the outbreak in the Southern Province where more than 130 children were infected with HIV through tainted blood transfusion.


Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies

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