NIH global health research newsletter: launch of Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa), decolonizing global health, more examples of the Fogarty community's response to COVID-19, and more.

Global Health Matters e-newsletter from Fogarty International Center at NIH

July / August 2020

NIH launches $58M Africa data science program

NIH has issued funding announcements and is hosting a virtual symposium platform to support Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa), a new $58 million program that will leverage data and technologies to develop solutions for the continent’s most pressing clinical and public health problems.

Image by iStock. Digital map of Africa.

Decolonizing global health is difficult, vital:
Opinion by Fogarty Director Dr Roger I Glass

A renewed effort to decolonize and democratize global health has recently been gathering steam, especially among college students, who are questioning the fairness of the existing framework and are calling for a shift in leadership and broader knowledge sharing. What does this mean for the research community?

Headshot of Fogarty Director Dr Roger I Glass.

NIEHS explores global environmental change and health

Global Environmental Health Day, hosted by the NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in July, explored science at the cutting edge of global environmental change and health, including results of Fogarty-supported research.

In Senegal, six researchers, some wearing gloves and boots, standing and seated on dry ground next to calm body of water.

Former Fogarty HIV trainee helps lead Dominican Republic's COVID response

Dr. William Duke discusses how his Fogarty training helped prepare him to lead the Dominican Republic's response to COVID-19.

Headshot of Dr. William Duke.

Profile: Fogarty fellow’s tuberculosis training in Peru useful in combatting COVID-19

Dr. Mark Brady’s experience studying tuberculosis in Peru as a Fogarty Fellow gave him a foundation in infectious disease research that has helped him support the U.S. COVID-19 response.

Dr. Mark Brady stands in the hallway of a hospital wearing full PPE, including a hair net, half-mask respirator, suit and gloves.

Focus: Fogarty community's response to COVID-19

As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Fogarty grantees, trainees and fellows across geographic areas and research disciplines continue to shift their focus to help address critical needs.

Female researcher working wearing lab coat and gloves examines testing supplies in front of lab equipment in a CAPRISA lab.

Also in this issue

  • NIH director encourages 2020 Fogarty Fellows and Scholars during virtual orientation
    For the first time, the Fogarty Fellows and Scholars orientation program was held via teleconference. NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins made his annual appearance from his home office to offer advice and words of encouragement.

  • Essence establishes funding coordination mechanism
    A framework for reviewing and coordinating capacity building in low- and middle-income countries has been established by the Essence on Health Research initiative, a collaboration of 40 funding agencies. Fogarty is an Essence partner.

  • People in the news:

    • Dr. Francis S. Collins wins Templeton Prize
    • NIH selects Dr. Rick Woychik to direct environmental sciences
    • Dr. Shannon N. Zenk to lead NIH nursing research institute
    • Global community mourns Dr. Kirk R. Smith
    • Senate confirms Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan as NSF director
    • Virologist Dr. Flossie Wong-Staal known for first HIV cloning dies
    • Details: People in the news
  • Global health briefs:

    • NIH issues plan for COVID-19 research
    • WHO releases COVID infodemic advice
    • FNIH launches global malaria effort
    • New research ethics guidance released
    • Gender toolkit for health workers developed
    • Details: Global health briefs

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