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Fogarty awards new HIV/AIDS mentoring grants

January 6, 2014

As part of its effort to strengthen HIV/AIDS research training in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), Fogarty recently awarded about $320,000 to fund mentoring activities. The Clayton-Dedonder Global Health Mentorship Fellows Program will provide about $30,000 each for 10 mentoring fellowships at existing Fogarty-funded training sites in Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, Peru, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. A supplement to the Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars, the new program is designed to improve the teaching and supervisory skills of entry- to mid-level faculty at universities and research institutions.

"Effective mentoring enhances the training of researchers, promoting career development and building human capacity," said Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass. "This new program will increase both the size and the diversity of the ranks of HIV/AIDS research mentors in developing countries."

Established global health experts who have managed Fogarty-funded projects will instruct the mentorship fellows. The fellows, alumni of the Fellows and Scholars program will, in turn, mentor junior trainees currently enrolled in the same program. While undergoing this training, the fellows will continue to work in their respective areas of expertise, which include infectious diseases, epidemiology, women's reproductive health, implementation research, qualitative behavioral research, informatics, hematology, immunology, oncology, biomedical engineering and psychiatry.

Funding for the program is provided by the NIH portion of funds from the World AIDS Foundation through the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), and will be administered by the Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars. The fellowships are named in honor of Drs. Alastair Clayton and Raymond Dedonder, the main scientific staff for the World AIDS Foundation for most of its 15-year history.

Global Health Mentorship Fellows for 2013 - 2014

Dr. Daphne Bernard
Mentor: Dr. Jean Pape
Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (GHESKIO), Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Dr. Magaly Blas
Mentor: Dr. Patricia Garcia
Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, Peru

Dr. Dickson Chibanda
Mentor: Dr. James Hakim
University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Dr. Samson Chisele
Mentor: Dr. Bellington Vwalika
University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Dr. Peggy Martinez
Mentor: Dr. Yrma Quispe
National Institute of Neurological Sciences, Lima, Peru

Dr. David Meya
Mentor: Dr. Sarah Kiguli
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Dr. Yohannie Mlombe
Mentor: Dr. Mina Hosseinipour
University of Malawi, Lilongwe, Malawi

Dr. Damalie Nakanjako
Mentor: Dr. Harriet Mayanja-Kizza
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Dr. Alfred Osoti
Mentor: Dr. John Kinuthia
Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Franco Romani
Mentor: Dr. Cesar Gutierrez
National University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru

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Fellows will receive funding through supplements to the Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars grants TW009340, TW009337, TW009345, TW009338 and TW009343.

About the World AIDS Foundation

The World AIDS Foundation, jointly administered by Fogarty and the Institut Pasteur, was established as a part of the agreements by the Presidents of the United States and France on disbursement of royalties from HIV test kits following discovery of the HIV virus, and development of the technologies to test for HIV. Twenty-five percent of these royalties were earmarked to combat HIV/AIDS in the developing world.

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