NIH global health research newsletter: Focus on One Health research, women advocate for leadership roles in global health, helping combat sexual harassment, benefits of virtual engagement

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

November / December 2020

Women advocate for leadership roles in global health

The annual Women Leaders in Global Health Conference highlighted the value of women in global health efforts. Panelists shared evidence of the gaps and barriers to gender equity in scientific institutions, including unequal pay and underrepresentation.

Photo by PointImages/iStock/Thinkstock. Two female scientists researching in laboratory.

NIH studies global-to-local solutions for HIV/AIDS stigma

A number of successful interventions developed in Africa and tailored for use in the U.S. were discussed during a recent webinar hosted by Fogarty and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Rena Patel/project Harambee. Healthcare worker sits across from health fair participant, testing supplies on the table between them.

Opinion: How the global research community is benefiting from virtual engagement

Although social distancing is challenging, we’re finding our virtual meetings are better attended, more inclusive and in some ways more enlightening than some of the in-person gatherings we’ve held in the past.

Image courtesy of Fogarty. Screen capture of tiled view of participants during 2020 virtual Fogarty Fellows and Scholars orientation, Francis Collins’s window highlighted while he speaks.

Q and A with Admire Dube, PhD

Fogarty-supported training laid the foundation for Dr. Admire Dube's NIH grants to study the use of nanotechnology to help eradicate tuberculosis.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Admire Dube. Dr. Admire Dube working in a lab.

Profile: Fogarty Fellow examined surgical quality in Mozambique

In the research project Dr. Matchecane Cossa conducted during his Fogarty fellowship, he measured the volume and quality of surgical care in Mozambique’s 45 district hospitals using standard WHO criteria.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Matchecane Cossa, pictured left. Dr. Matchecane Cossa performs surgery on a patient in an operating theater with 4 other medical workers.

Focus on One Health research

Accelerating rates of deforestation, global trade and travel, and livestock production are contributing to “spillover” events, where diseases jump from animals to humans. One Health research takes an integrated approach to improving health for people, animals and the environment.

Photo courtesy of Upstream Alliance. Person holds large river prawn up to camera for close up, lush green river bank in the background.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Gregory Gray. Mongolian herders in a field restrain animal on the group for inspection.

Also in this issue

  • NIH helps LMIC institutions combat sexual harassment
    In an ongoing effort to reduce sexual harassment in science, Fogarty has awarded funds to 10 LMIC institutions to shore up relevant policies, conduct training sessions and create awareness of the processes to report sexual harassment.

  • Global Burden of Disease 2019 study highlights NCD risk factors
    A worldwide crisis of chronic diseases and failure of public health to stem the rise in preventable risk factors have left populations vulnerable to acute health emergencies such as COVID-19, according to the 2019 Global Burden of Disease study.

  • People in the news:

    • Dr. Anthony Fauci recognized for public service
    • Dr. Vivian Pinn honored as pioneer in women’s health research
    • Dr. Roderic Pettigrew receives NSB’s Vannevar Bush Award
    • ASTMH awards medal to NIH grantee Dr. Christian Happi
    • HHS presents service medal to Dr. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong
    • WHO Foundation names Anil Soni inaugural CEO
    • Details: People in the news
  • Global health briefs:

    • NIH releases data management policy
    • Research training from NICHD is available online
    • NAM considers COVID-19, climate change
    • Wellcome announces new funding strategy
    • TDR releases gender analysis toolkit
    • Details: Global health briefs

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