Dr. James G Hakim
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The DART Trial
Dr. James Gita Hakim
Dr. James Hakim was a clinician-researcher investigating HIV/AIDS prevention and therapeutics, including co-infections. He was the first director of the University of Zimbabwe Clinical Research Centre (UZ-CRC). His leadership guided the UZ-CRC, helping build it into what it is today.
James Hakim joined the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS) in 1992. In less than 10 years, he was Chair of Medicine at the college. He served as Principal Investigator and Site Leader for the Harare-based University of Zimbabwe-University of California San Francisco Clinical Trials Unit.He served as a member of the UNAIDS expert committee on HIV/AIDS. At the time of his death, he was the elected African representative on the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society.
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James was a South Sudanese and Ugandan, internist, clinical epidemiologist, cardiologist, researcher, university faculty, and academic mentor. At the time of his death, he was Professor of Medicine and Former Chair of Internal Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences. (Wikipedia)
He may be best known for his work on the DART trials. As one of the principal investigators and developers of this trial, he contributed to turning the tide on AIDS in Africa.
The DART trial changed the world’s mind about whether antiretrovirals could be taken properly in Africa. The World Health Organization changed its policies around antiretrovirals after this study. James and his colleagues, Dr. Mugyenyi and Dr. Gibb all played a role in the development and rollout of the DART trial. This was seminal work.
AIDS Clinical Trials Group Meeting get-together with colleagues Drs Kumarasamy, Chip Schooley, Connie Benson, Tom Campbell, Sue Swindells, and Margaret Borok-Williams.
Interview with Dr. Hakim by PicturingHealth.Org
Origins of the HIV COVID Talks Interview with James Hakim
Included in the HIV COVID Talks Introduction is footage from the DART Trial film, aimed at enlightening policymakers to the realities on the ground and the possibility of saving lives with antiretroviral therapy.
At its time DART was the largest HIV treatment trial in Africa. The Documentary was shown on BBC World and on TV stations in at least 6 African countries, was runner up for BMJ Health Communicator of the year award, 2011. The film made with Medical Research Council – Clinical Trials Unit and Imperial College.