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Zambian Female Scientist honored at PEPFAR Annual Conference June 8, 2011

Posted by The Raise Project in Uncategorized.

Alwyn Mwinga, Deputy Director (Programs) of CDC Zambia, was awarded the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Life-Time Achievement award on May 3, 2011 at the PEPFAR Annual Conference held in Johannesburg for her contributions to HIV and AIDS programming in Zambia.

At the same conference, the Zambia PEPFAR team received the PEPFAR 2011 Stepping Up for Women and Girls Award. This was the first year that PEPFAR made this award. PEPFAR Zambia was selected for the award for its exceptional commitment to addressing the needs of women and girls in the fight against HIV/AIDS; demonstrating achievements in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care and support for women and girls; and significant contribution to effective partnerships that address the needs of women and girls in Zambia.

The Lifetime Achievement Award received by Dr. Mwinga is the most prestigious of all the awards given to any member of the global PEPFAR effort each year.

Dr. Mwinga is a Zambian trained physician with a Masters Degree in Clinical Tropical Medicine and a Diploma in Dermatology from the University of London.  Alwyn joined CDC-Zambia in 2001 as a Medical Epidemiologist and is currently serving as the Deputy Director (Programs).  Prior to joining CDC she was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine of the University of Zambia and spent close to 10 years working on TB/HIV research, having coordinated several large clinical trials on TB/HIV.  She has served as Temporary Advisor to World Health Organization and UNAIDS on several occasions in areas relating to TB and HIV co-infection policy and guidelines and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases and the Lancet Infectious Disease and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Lancet.  She is also involved in health education to community and church groups with a focus on HIV/AIDS, nutrition and prevention of non-communicable disease through lifestyle changes.

The United States Government has supported the Government of the Republic of Zambia to address the problem of gender based violence in the country, and has made a commitment to continue supporting prevention and response to gender based violence activities. These programs are aligned with the Zambian Government’s National Plan of Action on Gender Based Violence aimed at combating gender based violence and abuse against women and children.



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