Norwalk Daily Voice (07.30.2013)
The international HIV/AIDS prevention organization World Health Clinicians opened its new global headquarters in Norwalk, Conn. in July. The 11,400-square-foot facility houses the Circle Care Center, a treatment clinic that serves approximately 1,200 Connecticut patients annually and an international wing dedicated to preventing HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, Africa.
Dr. Gary Blick opened his first Connecticut HIV/AIDS clinic in the late 1980s and founded the Circle Care Center and World Health Clinicians with the support of Lucie McKinney, whose husband, U.S. Representative Stewart McKinney, died of AIDS in 1987. Dr. Blick stated that the purpose of the new clinic is community outreach. In addition to providing HIV/AIDS and STD treatment to Connecticut residents, the Circle Care Center also serves as an advocate and safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities.
In Zimbabwe, the World Health Clinicians oversees the Beat AIDS Project Zimbabwe (BAPZ), which aims to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission through testing, treatment and prevention. BAPZ’s goal is an “HIV/AIDS-free generation by 2015.” World Health Clinicians’ work in Zimbabwe is centered in Victoria Falls, which had the highest HIV incidence in the country.