Press


January 2019

“The Global Alliance to Immunize Against AIDS Vaccine Foundation’s work with textiles and HPV in Mali offers one example of the ways in which people and organizations around the world are using the arts to transform communities.”

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June 2018

“Over the last 35 years since graduating from medical school, she has worked on field campaigns to vaccinate against measles in the Congo (former Zaire), performed nutrition surveys in the segregated slums of Soweto and Alexandra Township, worked in villages in The Gambia on malaria vaccine research and has travelled many times to Mali, West Africa, with the GAIA Vaccine Foundation, for projects related to vaccine acceptance and vaccination promotion. “

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July 2015

“The bright yellow African storytelling cloth designed by a University of Rhode Island researcher and nonprofit director is helping prevent cervical cancer in Mali.”

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December 2014

“The next step in GAIA’s HPV vaccine initiative in Mali is to build awareness and encourage women to get vaccinated. The new funding from the Gates Foundation is enabling the nonprofit to produce Squibb’s textile design in Mali, which will create jobs for local businesses and tailors and add to what DeGroot calls ‘the fashion buzz about the cloth.’”

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November 2014

“Immunology expert Dr. Annie De Groot and recent Rhode Island School of Design graduate Eliza Squibb have developed a storytelling cloth that can be used to educate women in Mali about the link between HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. Their project, conducted through the GAIA Vaccine Foundation, was awarded a $100,000 Grand Challenges Grant Tuesday from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”

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October 2014

“Ebola is overwhelming health-care systems in West Africa, and as a result, people are dying on doorsteps of hospitals from treatable diseases (malaria), because the hospitals are overwhelmed by a contagious disease (Ebola) that should have been contained months ago. What is the solution? I have two to offer...”

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September 2014

“De Groot named one of most influential people in vaccine industry”

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Research



Conference Presentations 2015-2018


Assessment of HPV and cervical cancer knowledge, attitudes, practices and willingness to participate in an HPV vaccination program in Bamako, Mali. By: Karamoko Tounkara, Ibrahima Teguété, Eliza Squibb, Ben Aboubacar, Youssouf Kone, Kotou Sangare, Sarah Beseme, Jennifer S. Smith, Ousmane Koita, A. S. De Groot. Presented at 30th International Papillomavirus Conference and Clinical and Public Health Workshops in Lisbon, Portugal. September 17-21, 2015.

A large scale cervical cancer screening campaign in Bamako, Mali. By: Ibrahima Teguété, Ousmane Koita, Karamoko Tounkara, Ben Aboubacar, Kotou Sangare, Eliza Squibb, Sarah Beseme, Jennifer S. Smith, A. S. De Groot . Presented at: 30th International Papillomavirus Conference and Clinical and Public Health Workshops in Lisbon, Portugal. September 17-21, 2015.

Impact of community-led education on knowledge of HPV, cervical caner and willingness to participate in HPV vaccination in Bamako, Mali. By: Eliza Squibb, Ibrahima Teguété, Karamoko Tounkara, Ben Aboubacar, Kotou Sangare, Sarah Beseme, Jennifer S. Smith, Ousmane Koita, A. S. De Groot. Abstract: HPV15-0991. Presented at: 30th International Papillomavirus Conference and Clinical and Public Health Workshops in Lisbon, Portugal. September 17-21, 2015.

Development of community-led education about Human papillomavirus vaccination as a model for future HIV vaccination campaigns. By: Karamoko Tounkara, Ibrahima Teguété, Eliza Squibb, Ben Aboubacar, Kotou Sangare, Sarah Beseme, Ousmane Koita, A. S. De Groot. Presented at: 15th European AIDS Conference in Barcelona, Spain. October 21-24, 2015.

Development of Community-led Education Interventions for Human Papillomavirus Vaccination as a Model for Future HIV Vaccination Campaigns. By: Karamoko Tounkara, Ibrahima Teguété, Eliza Squibb, Ben Aboubacar, Kotou Sangare, Sarah Beseme, Ousmane Koita, A. S. De Groot. Presented at: International Symposium for HIV and Emerging Infectious Diseases in Marseille, France. May 25-27 2016.

Achieving Zero: 12 years of successful Mother to Child HIV Transmission Prevention (MTCTP) in a community health center (CSCOM) in Bamako, Mali. Presented at the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) at the Palais des Congrès de Paris, Paris, France, 23 – 26 July 2017. Presented by Dr. Karamoko Tounkara.

Healthy Moms and Healthy Infants: 12 years of Successful Mother to Child HIV Transmission Prevention in a Community Health Center in Bamako, Mali. Presented at the 19th International Conference on AIDS & STIs in Africa (ICASA 2017) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 04 - 09 December 2017. Presented by Dr. Lassina Yaya Diarra.

The “Story­telling Cloth” Community based Education Intervention for Human Papillomavirus Vaccination in Bamako, Mali: A Model for Future HIV Vaccination Campaigns? Presented at the 19th International Conference on AIDS & STIs in Africa (ICASA 2017) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 04 - 09 December 2017. Presented by Dr. Karamoko Tounkara.

Barriers to pre-adolescent vaccine delivery: Polling mothers to determine best practice for vaccine trials and vaccination campaigns in Bamako, Mali. Presented at the 19th International Conference on AIDS & STIs in Africa (ICASA 2017) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 04 - 09 December 2017. Presented by Dr. Karamoko Tounkara.

Healthy moms and healthy infants: 12 years of successful mother to child HIV transmission prevention in a community health center in Bamako, Mali. Presented at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) at RAI Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 23-27 July 2018. Presented by Dr. Lassina Yaya Diarra.

Barriers to vaccine delivery: Polling mothers to determine best practice for vaccine trials and vaccination campaigns in Bamako, Mali. Presented at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) at RAI Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 23-27 July 2018. Presented by Dr. Lassina Yaya Diarra.

Impact on patient health outcomes after the implementation of free and anonymous HIV care at a community-run clinic in Bamako, Mali. Presented at the International Symposium for HIV & Emerging Infectious Diseases in Marseille, France, 16-18 May 2018. Presented by Dr. Karamoko Tounkara.

The “Story­telling Cloth” Community-based Education Intervention for Human Papillomavirus Vaccination in Bamako, Mali: A Model for Future HIV Vaccination Campaigns? Presented at the International Symposium for HIV & Emerging Infectious Diseases in Marseille, France, 16-18 May 2018. Presented by Dr. Karamoko Tounkara.

Healthy Moms and Healthy Infants: 12 years of Successful Mother to Child HIV Transmission Prevention in a Community Health Center in Bamako, Mali. Presented at the International Symposium for HIV & Emerging Infectious Diseases in Marseille, France, 16-18 May 2018. Presented by Dr. Karamoko Tounkara.

The Story­telling Cloth: Textile Design for Community Engagement during Health Campaigns in West Africa. Presented at Unite for Sight’s 2018 Global Health and Innovation Conference in New Haven, Connecticut, 14-15 April 2018. Presented by Eliza Squibb.