The Fogarty International Center announced $11.75 million in grants over the next five years to fight HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Haiti, Uganda and China and to establish a new program in Tanzania.
The grants will help train researchers from those countries on HIV and TB prevention, among other things.
“Research has identified many effective ways to prevent HIV, but these have not been brought into routine practice,” said Fogarty Director Roger I. Glass, M.D., Ph.D. “Despite these discoveries, many more people are still being infected than we can put on treatment. If large investments in PEPFAR are to be effective, we will need to train a generation of researchers to learn how to best implement HIV prevention programs and understand how to make them cost effective and sustainable for the long run.”
This is a particularly vital focus in the wake of research showing that PEPFAR has succeeded in reducing HIV/AIDS-related deaths, but not in preventing new infections.
The new award will go to Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania, which will work with the Harvard School of Public Health on building capacity “in clinical, operational and health systems research that would advance the implementation of evidence-based best practices on HIV/AIDS and TB,” according to a news release from Fogarty, the international component of the National Institutes of Health.
Here’s the list of other grantees and Fogarty’s description of their projects:
— The Chinese Center for Disease Control, working in conjunction with UCLA and Yale University.
— The Haitian Study Group for the Study of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (GHESKIO), one of the world’s oldest country-wide AIDS organizations, in conjunction with Quisqueya University and Zanmi Lasante in Haiti and Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Dartmouth College in the United States.
— The Joint Clinical Research Center in conjunction with Makerere University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Kampala City Council, National TB and Leprosy Control Program and Gulu University in Uganda and the University of Georgia in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University in the United States.
–The International Clinical, Operational, and Health Services Research and Training Awards for AIDS and Tuberculosis program, under which the awards are made, is the flagship for addressing the new field implementation science, which Fogarty has made one of its key goals.
The program, which also operates in Brazil, Peru, South Africa and Zimbabwe, strengthens a country’s research capacity so that large-scale prevention, care and treatment efforts are locally relevant and effective. The research training involves a wide range of health professionals including nurses, midwives, physicians, dentists, health care administrators and public health workers.