Geoff Foster, MD

Consultant, Ministry of Health, Zimbabwe Pediatrician

Geoff Foster, MD, has served on the Firelight Advisory Council since 2002 and the Firelight Board since 2009.

He has worked as a pediatrician for the government of Zimbabwe since 1985 and is a leading expert on health care and other forms of support for children affected by HIV and AIDS.

Geoff founded Family AIDS Caring Trust (FACT) in 1987, one of Africa's first AIDS service organizations, after diagnosing children with HIV and AIDS. As FACT Director, he piloted community care and prevention responses and shared lessons learnt through regional training programs for NGOs and through publications. He initiated innovative research around orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and piloted model community-based OVC support programmes resulting in numerous publications.

Geoff consults with many national and international organizations in strategic planning HIV and child health and welfare services, funding of civil society responses, and disability and faith-based responses. He was a co-chair of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and AIDS and since 2011 has led the Eliminating Pediatric AIDS in Zimbabwe project sponsored by the World Health Organization, that reported in 2017.  He is now engaged in research on tuberculosis that is now is the most common infection causing death and is the sixth most common cause of death in children.