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Healing power of ART in Zimbabwe

Art therapy touches the lives of those with HIV/AIDS

12/3/2012
Zimbabwean art
​By Amanda Heersink | University Communications

AURORA, Colo. - The healing power of art can have profound effects on the lives of people who are sick. The rollout of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in sub-Saharan Africa has had a major impact on people there who are effected with HIV/AIDS.

Today on the Anschutz Medical Campus, Tom Campbell, division of infectious disease, Anschutz Medical Campus; and Azure Tariro Makadzange, division of infectious disease, University of Zimbabwe, spoke about the effects of ART on HIV/AIDS patients in Zimbabwe.

“The Anschutz Medical Campus has maintained a research partnership with the University of Zimbabwe on several different projects dating back to the mid-1990s,” said Campbell. Currently, they have several multi-million dollar research projects in the works.

In conjunction with the talk today, the Center for Bioethics and Humanities is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 6. The proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward Zimbabwe AIDS Treatment Assistance (ZATA). Over the past eight years, the University of Colorado community has been very supportive of the ZATA Project initiatives.

At the fundraiser there will be Zimbabwean arts, crafts and sculptures available for purchase, mostly through auction.

ZATA serves more than 800 HIV-infected patients at the University of Zimbabwe and is helping them return to a normal life, in part, because of the generous donations and art buyers from the University of Colorado community.

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Contact: amanda.heersink@ucdenver.edu

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