Photo by Bob Ross, courtesy of UCSD
Fogarty grantee Dr. Steffanie Strathdee counsels an
intravenous drug user who lives in an open sewer in the
Tijuana River canal.
The U.S.-Mexico border region is currently experiencing a significant rise in documented cases of HIV in high-risk populations. Fogarty has addressed this problem by awarding a grant to train much-needed HIV/AIDS researchers in the border region through the AIDS International Training and Research Program.
The new border region project will include the creation of an interdisciplinary education program by researchers at the University of California, San Diego.
The funding will also allow the primary partner institution, the Autonomous University of Baja California, to provide advanced training in prevention of HIV, other sexually-transmitted infections and tuberculosis. Additionally, training will be offered via distance learning.