Class of 2016
Of the approximately 40 million people living with HIV, almost 25 million dwell in Africa. Even with these high numbers, life-saving HIV treatments remain scarce across a majority of the continent. To improve the nation’s efforts, Jay Bhatt trains, supports, and empowers community-based lay health workers, especially those currently suffering from the illness. During his time in the program, Jay has continued to provide assistance to health workers by ensuring all are paid sufficient wages, continuing to educate and train on new protocols, and adequately staffing aid clinics to better treat referrals specifically from the front-line lay health providers.