Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Population Health
Dr. Anastos is a clinically active primary care internist with experience in clinical research and health care administration. After 25 years in the Bronx providing care, helping to develop community based primary care services, and conducting research on HIV infection in women, she now uses the skills gained in the Bronx in Rwanda, as a founder of Women's Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx,www.we-actx.org). Rwanda activities include the development of two community-based clinics that have brought 5000 women, men and children into care, and an HIV-testing program that in two years has tested nearly 25,000 people. Dr. Anastos's work in Rwanda was begun after a request from grassroots associations of HIV infected women survivors of genocidal rape for help in accessing antiretroviral treatment. Other activities include a longitudinal cohort study of 936 HIV and negative women, capacity building in AIDS research through direct NCI funding and through the Einstein AITRP, and collaboration with the Rwandan Ministry of Health in developing a nationwide cervical cancer screening and prevention program.
Einstein Sponsored Educational Projects
Dr. Anastos is a founding member of WE-ACTx, Women's Equity in Access to Care and Treatment for HIV , a community-based organization providing clinical services in Rwanda, research capacity building, and conducting clinical research. WE-ACTx was founded in 2004 to assist women genocide survivors in accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART), and now provides care for HIV-infection in a family-centered model, with about 5000 women, men and children receiving care, and has provided HIV testing to over 35,000 individuals. WE-ACTx also provides capacity building, research training, research activities, and works with the Government of Rwanda to develop a nationwide cervical cancer screening and prevention program, again with both service and research activities. Recent collaboration with the Einstein Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health has been focused on community-based initiatives for safer birthing. Additional activities include community based health education, and assistance to Rwandan communities in sending their children to school.
Up to three Einstein MS II students can participate in WE-ACTx activities in the summer, including: cervical cancer research activities and capacity building; research on effectiveness and toxicity of ART in Rwandan women; community sampling to estimate maternal and infant mortality; development of innovative programs to decrease maternal mortality; evaluating effectiveness of service initiatives in HIV treatment; developing integrated women's health services (family planning, prenatal care, HIV testing, and cervical cancer screening); expanding programs to support children’s schooling. Students may propose additional activities that may be of value to WE-ACTx and the Rwandan communities we serve. Students should visit the WE-ACTx website prior to applying, to understand the scope of our programs.