December 15, 2008
Frieda Behets, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a grant from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to study best practices in the fight against pediatric AIDS. Behets will work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to increase the efficacy of programs designed to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). “This new award provides important support to continue research on the prevention of AIDS conducted by Dr. Behets and colleagues,” says Andy Olshan, PhD, professor and chair in the Department of Epidemiology. “The Department and the School will greatly benefit from such significant global research initiatives.”

The Glaser Foundation, a world leader in the fight against pediatric AIDS, has provided $1.25 million in operations research grants to five awardees for studies in Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. 

Other recipients include Dr. Pius Tih of Douala, Cameroon; Dr. Werner Schimana of Moshi, Tanzania; Dr. Philippa Musoke of Kampala, Uganda; and the team of Dr. Freddy Perez of Bordeaux, France, and Dr. Kenneth Freedberg of Boston, Massachusetts. 

“These grants will contribute to the Foundation’s goal of advancing research to enhance the prevention and care and treatment of pediatric HIV/AIDS,” said Dr. Laura Guay, vice president of research for the Foundation. “They will provide valuable resources to enable teams in Africa to identify effective methods to improve … care and treatment services, and ultimately scale up these services to reach the approximately 70 percent of eligible women worldwide who don’t have sufficient access.” 

For more information about the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, visit

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, director of communications, (919) 966-7467 or




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