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Zambart’s Professor Helen Ayles honored

Zambart’s Professor Helen Ayles honored for contribution and leadership to end HIV and TB in Zambia

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation on November 27, 2017 celebrated 10 years of HIV prevention, treatment and advocacy work in Zambia. As part of its commemorations, AHF recognized individuals and organizations whose work to help reduce the spread of HIV infection and increase access to treatment and care has greatly impacted communities and contributed to the national efforts to combat the epidemic.
Zambart’s Director of Research Professor Helen Ayles was among the award recipients recognized for her leadership and contribution to the fight against HIV and Tuberculosis (TB). Accepting her award, at a colorful ceremony held in Lusaka, Zambia, Professor Ayles dedicated it to the communities where Zambart works and also to the Zambart research team whom she applauded for being the foot soldiers working tirelessly to help find the solutions to end HIV and TB.

 We will end HIV, we will end TB, we can do it, we just need to keep going, this is not a sprint it’s a marathon but we will get there. – Professor Helen Ayles,  Zambart Director of Research

“As a researcher you never work alone, I have an amazing team of researchers at Zambart working tirelessly trying to find a solution to end HIV and to end TB. In all the research we do, we do it to find solutions in the health care facilities and in the community, we work with so many partners, but most of all we work with the people of Zambia. This award is for all of them. We will end HIV, we will end TB, we can do it, we just need to keep going, this is not a sprint, it’s a marathon but we will get there”
The awards were attended by the senior Ministry of Health representatives, National AIDS Council of Zambia, AHF board chairperson, Africa Bureau Chief and country personnel, The Archbishop of Lusaka arch diocese and president of the Zambia episcopal conference, AHF partners and HIV nongovernmental organisations, and media heads.

Professor Helen Ayles’ Bio
Professor Helen Ayles-Reserach Director- Zambart

Professor Helen Ayles

Professor Helen Ayles BSc MBBS MRCP DTM&H MSc PhD is the Director of Research at Zambart, which has conducted clinical research into the dual TB and HIV epidemics in Zambia for over 20 years. Professor Ayles is Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health in the Clinical Research Department in the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

After training in clinical infectious and tropical diseases in the UK, Professor Ayles trained in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has worked as a clinician in the UK, Uganda and Zambia, and has over 25 years of developing country experience in clinical TB and HIV management and epidemiology, and in the evaluation of large public health interventions.
In 1998 she moved to Zambia where she has since led the Zambart research team. Zambart is a multidisciplinary research and academic institution with over 750 members of staff working on different studies. Professor Ayles is the Zambia principal investigator for the PopART trial (HPTN071), a large community-randomised trial of treatment as prevention for HIV. She is also Principal Investigator for a new consortium funded by EDCTP examining the effect a universal HIV intervention, such as PopART, has on tuberculosis. The TREATS consortium (TB Reduction through expanded antiretroviral therapy and TB screening) brings together 3 European and 2 African countries as well as academia and industry to try and find innovative solutions for TB.
Professor Ayles is passionate about ending the HIV and TB epidemics affecting Africa and actively pursues research in new diagnostics including self-testing for HIV and novel TB diagnostics to assist with this aim. Professor Ayles is also passionate about research capacity development and is involved in training many African masters and PhD students.