The Population Council announces the appointment of leading South African AIDS researcher, Salim S. Abdool Karim, to the Council Board of Trustees. Dr. Karim, a clinical infectious diseases epidemiologist is the Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), CAPRISA Professor of Global health at Columbia University in New York and Honorary Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Recently, efforts to develop multi-purpose technologies (MPTs) have hit important milestones. At the New York Times "Women in the World," Pamela M. Norick details the Population Council's first in-human trial of griffithsin, a naturally occuring protein as one of the many exciting developments by intrepid doctors and scientists in the ongoing effort to prevent HIV.
In Tanzania, there are 1.4 million people living with HIV (4.7% prevalence). While the country has made incredible strides in addressing the epidemic, adolescent girls and young women continue to be disproportionately affected by and vulnerable to HIV: HIV prevalence triples from age 15-19 to age 20-24 from 1.3% to 4.4%.
In 1953, the Population Council awarded fellowships to its first class of promising young graduate students for advanced training in demography. Today, thousands of former Council staff and researchers are making an impact in global health and development around the world.