NIH global health research newsletter: NIH collaborates on COVID-19 rapid response, pain research in low-resource settings, training infectious disease researchers, and more.

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

March / April 2020

NIH, Fogarty collaborate on COVID-19 rapid response

NIH scientists are working flat out on all aspects of the novel coronavirus, including developing diagnostics, studying potential treatments and producing an effective vaccine.

NIH investigator works in lab, holds swab tester.

Opinion: working together as one to speed science on COVID-19

Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic is truly a moment for all to appreciate the importance of global health research as information is shared globally in an unprecedented manner.

Coronavirus illustration by CDC/ Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS.

$6.6M awarded to train infectious disease researchers

Fogarty continues to build research capacity in low-resource settings with an initial round of new Global Infectious Disease Research Training grants in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Peru.

Female researcher prepares samples under a hood in a lab at UPCH in Peru.

Profile: Fogarty Scholar Dr. Nauzley Abedini studies neonatal jaundice in Ghana

As a Fogarty Scholar working in Ghana, Dr. Nauzley Abedini estimated the prevalence of neonatal jaundice and evaluated the ability of mothers to recognize signs of the condition in their babies.

Dr. Nauzley Abedini seated at a desk in office, points to a model of a liver, discusses with person seated across from her.

Focus on pain research in low-resource settings

Worldwide, the number of people who endure untreated pain is enormous, yet patients in low- and middle-income countries suffer most. Fogarty reviews pain relief research priorities and treatment options in low-resource settings.

Man lying down in visible pain, his hand is held, in a hospital in Rakai, Uganda.

Also in this issue

  • Combining roles as a physician, scientist and policymaker in Zambia
    Q and A with former Fogarty trainee Dr. Lloyd Mulenga

    Dr. Lloyd Mulenga, who earned three advanced degrees with support from Fogarty research training programs, discusses the synergies of his roles as a physician, scientist and policymaker in Zambia.

  • Picture book launched to help world’s children deal with COVID-19
    A new picture book available for free in many languages helps children learn to protect themselves from COVID-19 and manage the difficult emotions the pandemic can cause.

  • People in the news:

    • Dr. Pierce Gardner receives Mérieux award from NFID
    • WHO names Fogarty senior scientist emeritus Dr. Joel Breman to commission
    • Former NIH director of child health research Dr. Duane Alexander dies
    • Fauci advises on coronavirus, leads NIH response
    • Ambassador Deborah Birx named to White House Coronavirus Task Force
    • Dr. Harvey Fineberg appointed to NASEM infectious disease committee
    • International Development Finance Corporation CEO Adam Boehler appointed
    • Details: People in the news
  • Global health briefs:

    • National Academies study malaria drugs
    • Scientists measure impact of child mortality on mothers
    • Commission urges action on child health
    • WHO aids study of health care barriers
    • Gender gaps remain for women scientists
    • Knowledge sharing aids reproducibility
    • Details: Global health briefs

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