Low birth weight in Papua New Guinea is a killer. Help us research what is causing low birth weight in PNG so that we can stop it.
When I started training as a young infectious diseases physician in the early 1980s HIV was a new and frightening epidemic. My colleague Anne Mijch and I started the first HIV clinic at Fairfield Hospital in Melbourne. It was pretty hard in those days as we knew so little about how to treat people with HIV. I received a fellowship in San Francisco in the mid-1980s to learn as much as I could about HIV, before returning to Burnet Institute.
Since then, research efforts around the world have been translated into knowledge and treatment for HIV infection, and as a result many HIV-positive people can now expect to live an almost a full life-span.
I have some patients that I have been looking after since the early days. Together we have witnessed a transformation.
A bequest to Burnet Institute in the mid-1990s enabled us to start our educational work in India, helping train doctors to treat HIV infection. Those programs have now expanded into Lao PDR, Myanmar, Indonesia and Fiji.
Another bequest contributed to the very earliest stages of development of the HIV VISITECT® CD4 point-of-care test that determines whether an HIV-positive patient needs to start life-saving antiretroviral treatment.
Every bequest can make a difference.
Professor Suzanne Crowe AM