Good News in the Fight Against AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Professor Yasien Sayed; photo courtesy University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

A professor and his research team at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa have won worldwide acclaim for transforming ARV treatment. One of the goals of the Higher Education and Libraries in Africa program is to build the capacity for local academic researchers to be responsive to the problems and needs of the African continent. Professor Yasien Sayed and his team's work on HIV are a great example of how relatively modest investments can lead to bigger innovations that are locally relevant. Their discovery has great potential for South Africa, which has the fastest growing rate of HIV infection in the world. The University of the Witwatersrand awarded Professor Sayed a $20,000 research grant for his work, part of a $2 million grant from Carnegie Corporation to the university to support local academics.