"Preventing Mother to Child HIV Transmission” with Mitch Besser, MD

"Preventing Mother to Child HIV Transmission” with Mitch Besser, MD
Monday, October 4, 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
310-206-8034
UCLA School of Public Affairs
Room 2355 Public Affairs Building
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Mon, 10/04/2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Contact Phone: 
310-206-8034

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UCLA School of Public Affairs
Room 2355 Public Affairs Building
United States
35° 4' 54.0588" N, 106° 37' 31.1088" W

Mitch Besser, M.D. is the founder and medical director of mothers2mothers, a program where HIV-positive mothers share their experiences and knowledge with pregnant women and new moms who have the virus.

Mitch Besser, M.D. is the founder and medical director of mothers2mothers, a program where HIV-positive mothers share their experiences and knowledge with pregnant women and new moms who have the virus.

Dr. Besser is a passionate professional who has dedicated his life to finding innovative strategies to help people deal with HIV/AIDS. His resume includes two decades of education and work devoted to domestic and international public health with a focus on obstetrics and gynecology. Mitch moved with his wife and two sons to Cape Town in January 2000, joining the University of Cape Town's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He assisted with the development of initiatives to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to provide care to HIV-infected women. He established antenatal care programs and formed committees to coordinate hospital services for HIV infected pregnant women and their infants. Through his work with HIV-positive pregnant patients and mothers, Mitch recognized the need for services that would provide education and psychosocial support to pregnant and recently delivered women who were battling with an HIV diagnosis, allowing them to make healthy choices for themselves and their babies. This recognition was the founding principle behind mothers2mothers. Mitch is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Medical School.

On behalf of mothers2mothers, Mitch has received numerous awards including the 2010 Award for Best Practices in Global Health for initiatives to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV and provide care to women living with HIV, The Global Health Council Award, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, an Ashoka Fellowship and the Presidential Citizen's Award.