A day in the life of Dr. Anja Giphart

IAS Member and Vice President for Program Implementation, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
As the vice president of program implementation for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), I work in the Foundation’s headquarters in Washington, DC, to help manage programs in the 17 countries around the world where we operate.

The Foundation supports countries and ministries of health to scale up services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), as well as provide care, support, and treatment for children, mothers, and families living with HIV and AIDS.

In my role, I work directly with a talented team of country directors, program implementers, and DC-based support staff to make sure that all of our HIV programs are effective, of the highest quality, and reach the individuals who need them most.

Because of the size of the Foundation and the many variables that affect our work, each day is different. I spend most of my time in Washington, where I oversee the technical aspects of the Foundation’s global work. It’s here that I provide input on issues that include technical assistance, quality assurance, and country support.

I also spend a lot of time traveling to the Foundation’s offices and sites around the world. During every trip, I visit many Foundation-supported hospitals, health centers, and clinics, and meet people affected by our work. I speak to young women who are empowered by the ability to stop the transmission of HIV to their unborn children, watch as nurses provide instructions on HIV treatment regimens, and listen to proud parents share the news that their baby is HIV-negative.

Meeting these people reminds me of my time as the country director for the Foundation’s Tanzania office, the role I served before moving to Washington. In both capacities, my experiences visiting the Foundation’s program sites always remind me why what we do is so important.

Together with the doctors, nurses, and staff running these sites, as well as colleagues in our country offices and partners on the ground, I explore ways to make our programs even more efficient and effective – reaching more people affected by HIV/AIDS with the best services available. I also use my time in the field to ensure that our programs have the support and supplies they need to be successful.

Seeing how we can transform lives makes me want to go to work every day. Whether I’m participating in a meeting about updating service delivery methods, reviewing patient treatment outcomes, or strategizing about a future HIV prevention initiative, I look at every task as something that is critically important to the Foundation’s mission and to the individuals that we support.

What I love most about my job is that I get to connect with so many knowledgeable colleagues and partners in the global HIV/AIDS community with a shared goal to eliminate pediatric AIDS.

To listen to them, and gain their support in the development of new strategies and procedures, makes me feel like we’re truly accomplishing something, and getting closer to achieving our mission – a generation of children born free of HIV.

Anja Giphart, MD, MPH, Vice President, Program Implementation,Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Dr. Anja Giphart is responsible for managing the implementation and success of programmatic operations in the 17 countries where the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation works. She oversees the technical aspects of the Foundation’s in-country work, including monitoring and evaluation activities, quality assurance, country support, and technical assistance. Previous to her role supporting global program implementation, Dr. Giphart worked for the Foundation in Tanzania, first as the organization’s in-country technical director and later as the country director for the Foundation’s activities in Tanzania. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as an international health specialist for Macro International, and held positions in Zambia and Mozambique providing and supervising clinic services at area hospitals. Dr. Giphart received her degree in medicine from Erasmus University, and her master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health