Dr. Ammann's Second Wind: HIV Prevention

1aaWhen Dr. Arthur Ammann and his colleagues discovered children suffering from AIDS in 1982, little was known about the disease. Today, dozens of drugs treat those infected by HIV. In resource-poor countries, however, the HIV epidemic continues to spread wildly, particularly among women and children.

How many people take on a whole new career challenge/direction in their 60s? Not many, but in 1998, at the age of 62, Ammann left his job as president of the American Foundation for AIDS Research and founded Global Strategies for HIV Prevention, to bring life-saving drugs to people in underserved regions. Since then Global Strategies has raised tens of millions of dollars for HIV prevention, trained thousands of healthcare workers, and given drugs or HIV testing kits to close to 100,000 women in Congo, Liberia, Cambodia, South Africa, and the Dominican Republic.

1aDr. Ammann is co-editor of Women, HIV, and the Church: In Search of Refuge (Wipf & Stock, 2012). Watch a tribute to Dr. Ammann, honoring his work. Then ask yourself: What important thing is God calling me to do or be today, that I am resisting because I feel too old (or too young), too weak, too poor, too…?

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