“In my experience the greatest obstacles are cultural – and children’s educational prospects are greatly shaped by the expectations of their teachers, families and communities.” – UK | daily edventures:
Do you remember the first time you learned about HIV/AIDs? What about Ebola? Both frightening diseases, both highly infectious. There are few people in the world that know these diseases – discovered them, in fact – more intimately than Dr. Peter Piot. Piot’s career has indeed been exceptional. He co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976 and was part of the first international project on AIDS in Africa in the 1980s.
In fact, he is widely acknowledged as having provided the foundations of our understanding of HIV infection in Africa. He has led the International AIDS Society and was assistant director of the World Health Organization‘s Global Program on HIV/AIDS. He was appointed Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations. In 1995, Piot was made a Baron by King Albert II of Belgium. He became the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in September 2010.