Dr. Elijah Paintsil
Dr. Elijah Paintsil is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Public Health, and Management at Yale University. He is the Acting Chief of the Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Program Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program at Yale School of Medicine, Director of Pediatric AIDS Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Co-Director of Yale-Partnerships for Global Health. He graduated from University of Ghana Medical School in 1992 and worked for the Ghana Ministry of Health as District Director of Health Services for several years before he came to Yale for postgraduate studies. He continues to be a strong advocate for overhauling health care delivery in Africa, and uses a global health course he teaches at Yale School of Management as a platform for case studies in Africa. His clinical interest is pediatric infectious diseases with special interest in prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and the management of multidrug resistant HIV infection. The Paintsil lab focuses on increasing our understanding of the host determinants of individual differences in response to HIV treatment, particularly treatment-induced mitochondrial toxicity. In 2006, Dr. Paintsil and his colleagues established the Yale-Ghana Partnership in Global Health with the mission of accelerating progress in Infectious Diseases and Public Health research in Africa through collaborative partnerships that effectively build intrinsic research capacity, reverse “brain-drain” by strengthening academic infrastructures, and create viable career opportunities for young African and American scientists. The Yale-Ghana Partnership for Global Health is currently collaborating with the Ghana Health Service, IBM and other stakeholders in an unprecedented public-private partnership with the goal of helping to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Ghana. Dr. Paintsil is a PI of an NIH Funded grant “A bioecological Pediatric HIV disclosure Intervention in Ghana- SANKOFA”. The project aims to provide information on a structured disclosure intervention that can be integrated into usual care in Ghana and other resource-limited settings to improve the welfare of HIV-infected children and their caregivers. Dr. Paintsil is also a consultant and co-director of HopeXchange Medical Center’s maternal and child health program in Kumasi, Ghana. The HopeXchange Medical Center provides state-of-the-art medical care using family-centered health care approach with provision of maternal and child health as the pivot.

In February 2015, Dr. Paintsil consulted and helped prepare an Infection Control and Biosafety Train-The-Trainer Program for Health Workers in Nigeria in response to the Ebola Outbreak organized by Lagos Business School and Lagos State Health Department.