NIH global health research newsletter: NIH and Fogarty community respond to COVID-19, data science and innovation in Africa, working to end racism and promote equality, and more.

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

May / June 2020

NIH to invest $58M to catalyze data science and innovation in Africa

The NIH has announced it plans to provide $58 million over five years for a new initiative, Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa), with funding opportunity announcements expected to be issued this summer.

Image by iStock. Digital map of Africa.

Together, we must work to end racism and promote equality
Opinion by Fogarty Director Dr Roger I Glass

"For us at Fogarty, we will not rest until all scientists are able to fully participate in biomedical research as equal partners and all the world’s people are equal beneficiaries of research discoveries. This has been the overarching principle that has guided the Fogarty International Center and its staff for more than 50 years. It has never resonated more than today."

NIH closes sexual harassment loopholes governing grantees

NIH has announced new guidance for grantees that addresses reported gaps in its policies against sexual harassment. The new guidance builds on previous steps NIH has taken to strengthen reporting of sexual harassment and other misconduct.

New grants to support training for HIV, bioethics researchers

Fogarty has announced a combined $23 million in new awards through its HIV research training program - including a project focused on HIV prevention and treatment among adolescents - and international bioethics training program.

Photo courtesy of GHESKIO. Group of teenagers in outdoor courtyard in Haiti pose for camera.

COVID research, diagnostics projects gear up at NIH

To help speed development and commercialization of COVID-19 testing technologies needed to ensure a safe reopening of society, the NIH has announced the $1.5 billion RADx initiative. The NIH also continues to ramp up clinical studies of COVID-19.

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

Focus on the 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 are shifting their focus to help address critical needs.

Photo by Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images. A staff member draws a blood sample from a volunteer at the start of a clinical trial being set up by TASK, a clinical research organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Christian Happi. Dr. Happi works in a lab on a large touch screen monitor.

Photo courtesy of Tyler Mahal. Dr. Jessica Manning works with a child patient in a clinic setting in Cambodia while others look on.

Also in this issue

  • Fogarty adds search function to funding directory
    The online directory of Non-NIH Funding Opportunities maintained by Fogarty now includes a search function that allows users to find entries by keyword, funding category or career level.

  • Commemorative stamp issued to mark 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication
    To mark the 40th anniversary of smallpox eradication, the UN and WHO have unveiled a commemorative stamp.

  • People in the news:

    • NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins receives prestigious appointment to Royal Society
    • Former Fogarty advisory board member Dr. Charles Carpenter dies
    • Fogarty grantees Dr. Salim Abdool Karim, Dr. Quarraisha Abdool Karim recognized for contributions
    • AIDS researcher, NIH grantee Dr. Gita Ramjee dies of COVID-19
    • John Barsa selected as Acting USAID Administrator
    • Details: People in the news
  • Global health briefs:

    • NIH releases nutrition research plan
    • Mental health strategy developed by NIH
    • NIH launches PhenX Toolkit
    • WHO creates COVID-19 tech access pool
    • COVID-19 guide for youth is published
    • WHO State of the World’s Nursing Report
    • Details: Global health briefs

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