Mapping Pathways is a multi-national project to develop and nurture a research-driven, community-led global understanding of the emerging evidence base around the adoption of antiretroviral-based prevention strategies to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The evidence base is more than results from clinical trials - it must include stakeholder and community perspectives as well.

28 March 2012

Jim Yong Kim: Obama's Choice for President of the World Bank

via The Washington Post, by By Elizabeth Flock and Hayley Tsukayama

President Obama named Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim as his nominee to head the World Bank.President Obama’s surprise choice to head the World Bank is a physician and a major figure in the global health world.

Jim Yong Kim has served as Dartmouth College’s president for the past three years, but has devoted much of his life to improving health outcomes in the developing world. Obama highlighted Kim’s health development background as major factors in his nomination.

Along with Paul Farmer and others, Kim co-founded Partners in Health, an international health and social justice organization. He served as Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department, where he scaled up treatment, prevention, and care programs in developing countries. He has also worked on international tuberculosis policy.

“Dr. Kim has been a strong supporter of global public health,” said Tarik Jasaveric, a spokesman for the World Health Organization. “At WHO, Dr. Kim was instrumental in creating and implementing the 3 by 5 Initiative, which saw millions of people in the developing world gain access to anti-retroviral Therapy for HIV for the first time.”

The initiative, launched in 2003, sought to treat 3 million new patients infected by the disease by 2005. It reached its goal in 2007, The Washington Post reported. In 2006, he was named as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” for his work on that campaign and his efforts combating drug-resistant tuberculosis in Peru.

Kim also co-founded the Global Health Delivery Project, a joint initiative designed to improve public health in disadvantaged populations by “systematizing the study of global health delivery” and “rapidly disseminating knowledge to practitioners.”

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