Updates from the Center for Global Health Studies

January 5, 2017

Portion of cover of NIH-PEPFAR PMTCT publication

Portion of cover of HIV-NCDs meeting titled Research Guide Practice, with picture of girl receiving vaccination in arm

Mhealth tools used for research

Image of brain

Young girls learning

Happy new year from the Center for Global Health Studies (CGHS) at Fogarty!

We had an exciting year in 2016 at CGHS, where we aim to catalyze research to address global health challenges through multidisciplinary and multi-sector dialogue, collaboration and training. I am happy to update you on our recent efforts, as well as provide a preview of our activities in 2017.

In June of 2016, the NIH-PEPFAR PMTCT Implementation Science Alliance published a supplement to the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) on implementation science approaches to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

In October, the NIH-PEPFAR collaboration Enhancing HIV/AIDS Platforms to Address NCDs in Low-resource Settings was recognized in The Lancet for articulating a research agenda around integration of health services for HIV and noncommunicable diseases in resource-poor settings. Soon the project will announce awards to develop statistical models to estimate the burden of NCDs in HIV populations.

This year our projects have generated freely accessible, online training materials. In June we hosted the Global mHealth Research Training Institute, producing scenario-based modules covering various aspects of global mobile health research. The Learning Collaborative for Implementation Science in Global Brain Disorders released a toolkit for researchers, policymakers and program implementers working in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Looking forward, just getting under way is the Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment Implementation Science Alliance (AHISA), which will convene a forum enabling the exchange of ideas, insights and experiences in understanding factors that drive uptake and adherence to adolescent HIV prevention and treatment strategies. And soon we will be launching a project to better understand and reduce stigma to improve health outcomes in LMICs.

Our success in helping to catalyze new science and collaboration is dependent on strong relationships with our NIH partners, our Advisory Board, and the global health scientific community. Please visit the Center for Global Health Studies (CGHS) site to learn more about our full portfolio of activities. We look forward to sharing the results of our future work with you all.

Thank you for your support throughout the year.

Nalini Anand, J.D., M.P.H.
Director, Center for Global Health Studies

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