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

ch. As someone who has lost family members to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, I am well aware of the devastating effect this disease has had, and continues to have, on the people of Africa and around the world. I am excited to help shape and drive the important programs IDI has established."

Dr. Coutinho has been involved in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS since 1982 when the first cases began to appear in Uganda. Early in his career he assisted in managing the initial AIDS cases at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala, and spent two years volunteering as part of a UNICEF/MOH initiative coordinating an intensive HIV education campaign for schools in Kampala and Masaka, Uganda. From 1989-2001, Dr. Coutinho worked in Swaziland pioneering HIV education and prevention programs at local and national levels.

Dr. Coutinho has been a member of the interim board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, representing TASO in the process of setting up the fund in 2001. He was also the vice-chair of the Global Fund Technical Review from 2002-2004 and has served as the Vice Chairperson of the International Board for the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) since 2005.

About the Infectious Diseases Institute

The inaugural program of the Academic Alliance Foundation, the Infectious Diseases Institute of Makerere University (IDI), is a regional centre of excellence for HIV/AIDS treatment, training and research in sub-Saharan Africa. At IDI doctors and other health workers from all over sub-Saharan Africa receive advanced training in HIV/AIDS care and antiretroviral therapy (ART); people living with HIV receive free clinical care including ART; and scientists conduct research to develop models for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment on the African continent. The IDI was established by the Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa, a grouping of infectious disease experts from Uganda and North America, supported by Pfizer Inc
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