Topic: Conquering Two Pandemics
Dr. Zajdlik is a Guelph family physician and regional HIV specialist. She is the founder and Medical Director of the Masai Centre for Local, Regional and Global Health, a provincially funded HIV/AIDS clinic in Guelph. In 2010, she opened a satellite clinic in Waterloo. The clinics provide care to 700 HIV positive patients in Guelph-Wellington, Grey Bruce and Waterloo Region. In March 2019, she founded Hope Clinic, the new Centre for Excellence in HIV Treatment in the region.
Dr. Zajdlik is the founder of Bracelet of Hope that raises awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub Saharan Africa and funds HIV/AIDS relief in Lesotho, Africa. Bracelet of Hope now focuses on the care of 51 AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in 7 foster homes. In 2009 the Tsepong Clinic in Lesotho opened keeping 11,000 people alive on treatment. Bracelet of Hope also supports mobile health units that provide primary and HIV care to 100,000 people living in a rural district of Lesotho. During the COVID-19 pandemic Dr Zajdlik has posted regular messages of science-based hope on Facebook, garnering more than 18,000 followers.
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