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Improving AIDS treatment

Chiedza Maponga is the first person in his native Zimbabwe to earn a doctorate of pharmacy – from UB’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1988. As his nation’s first clinical pharmacist, he has taken on a challenge of major proportions, using lessons learned at UB to improve treatment of his countrymen infected with HIV/AIDS.

About 18 percent of Zimbabwe’s adult population are infected, according to United Nations estimates. Complicating the situation is the lack of health care systems and practices that are taken for granted in other parts of the world.

Maponga is addressing the challenge through a collaborative program between UB, where he is a research assistant professor, and the University of Zimbabwe, where he chairs the Department of Pharmacy.

The initiative is ushering in new hope by adapting and applying the best pharmacy practices in the U.S. to conditions in the developing country. Zimbabwean pharmacists are being provided with training and resources so they can conduct more clinical pharmacology trials of AIDS drugs. Community-based programs using lay volunteers to improve AIDS patients' adherence to treatment regimens have been started. And Maponga convinced Zimbabwe’s government to declare AIDS a national emergency, which opened the door to distribution of generic drugs to AIDS patients.

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