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Infectious Diseases Institute Appoints Alex Coutinho, M.D as Executive Director
Date:11/29/2007

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) announced the appointment of Alex Coutinho, M.D., a world-renowned leader in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, as the new Executive Director of the IDI.

Prior to joining IDI, Dr. Coutinho spent six years leading The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) Uganda, the largest HIV/AIDS care and treatment organization in Africa. His impressive accomplishments at TASO include increasing the organization's annual funding from $3 million to $22 million and expanding care for HIV-positive clients from 20,000 to 80,000. Dr. Coutinho was recently featured in Vanity Fair's Africa Issue, where he was recognized for his remarkable work in the field of HIV/AIDS.

IDI was the inaugural project of the Academic Alliance Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organization whose mission is to overcome the burden of infectious disease in Africa by building healthcare capacity and by strengthening academic medical institutions. "We are thrilled to have Dr. Coutinho assume leadership of the IDI," said Hank McKinnell, Chairman of the Board of the AAF. "His experience and expertise will bring tremendous value to the organization and to millions of people, families, and children in sub-Sahara Africa. Alex is the right man for these difficult times."

Dr. Coutinho will lead the day-to-day activities at IDI, including overseeing the organization's programs, which are aimed at building capacity in Africa to care for AIDS patients and to prevent the further spread of HIV. The program areas include: prevention, care and treatment, training, research, and laboratory services.

"I am honored to join IDI and to continue to build upon the past success," said Dr. Alex Coutinho. "I believe firmly in the mission of IDI - to build capacity in Africa for the delivery of sustainable, high quality care and prevention of HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases through training and resear
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