Sam Phiri, PhD, is one of the founders of the Lighthouse Trust, a center of excellence for HIV treatment, care, and support in Lilongwe, Malawi. He currently serves as the Trust’s executive director. The Lighthouse Trust evolved from a palliative care program for HIV patients on the grounds of the Kamuzu Central Hospital to an extensive HIV service delivery program which now includes the provision of HIV testing and counseling, HIV prevention, antiretroviral therapy, nutrition, and community initiatives, including home-based care and involvement of support groups for people living with HIV and AIDS. The Lighthouse has also served as a training site for health care workers. Recognizing the high prevalence of TB/HIV co-infection in Malawi and worldwide, Dr. Phiri worked in collaboration with the Lilongwe District Health Office to establish the first joint tuberculosis-HIV clinic in Malawi. The clinic provides patients with tuberculosis who are HIV positive access to antiretroviral therapy.
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