Globally, 25 percent of new HIV cases occur among young women and adolescent girls in Africa. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, prevents infection when taken consistently, but stigma around the disease keeps some young women from maintaining usage, according to a new review by researchers at the University of Washington.
As part of the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE): A Plan for America initiative, the University of Washington/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) received $1.2 million to fund five research projects. This initiative allocates funding to HIV research with the goal of reducing new infections in the United States by 90 percent by 2030.
From Myanmar and Mozambique to the US and Egypt, 90 participants from 22 countries around the world traveled to Seattle August 26-30 for the University of Washington Department of Global Health intensive summer course in The Fundamentals of Implementation Science in Global Health. The one-week course taught participants systematic approaches that can be used to bring research findings to on-the-ground settings, with the ultimate aim of improving health for people around the world.
Dr. Kenneth Mugwanya is an Assistant Professor and core faculty member in the Department of Global Health. His research interests aim to develop, evaluate, and implement interventions likely to have the greatest impact to prevent new HIV infections. Recently, Mugwanya and several co-authors conducted a study investigating the feasibility of providing antiretroviral drugs at family clinics. The study took place in Kenya, where Mugwanya is a director of two large PrEP studies.
Gabrielle O’Malley, an Associate Professor of Global Health and Director of Implementation Science for the International Training and Education Center (I-TECH), received a $4,394,756 award to continue strengthening human resources for health in Malawi for HIV epidemic control and improved health outcomes of people living with HIV (PLHIV).
The University of Washington/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) present the New Investigator Awards each year. These awards fund and support HIV and AIDS research by new, promising investigators early in their careers. The 2019 awards will allow Department of Global Health researchers, Kristin-Beima Sofie, Katrina Ortblad, and Arianna Means to study ways to empower caregivers of adolescents living with HIV, PrEP delivery by community pharmacies, and nutritional services for HIV-exposed children in Kenya.
With a background that includes ESL teaching in Korea, social work, and health education for King County, Stephanie Edlund-Cho is the Program Operations Specialist for the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh). In this role she creates opportunities for students, staff, and faculty alike while handling vital day-to-day operational tasks.
Q: How long have you worked in the Department of Global Health?
For Mariel Boyarsky (MPH, 2015), the global element of her Global Health background manifested itself when she became a registered nurse at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York in February 2019.
Global Health Professor Explores Linkages Between Maternal HIV Infection, Breast Milk, and Infant Health
The National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have awarded a grant to Christine McGrath, Associate Professor of Global Health, and Grace Aldrovandi, Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA, to evaluate the association between maternal HIV infection, breast milk, and the infant gut microbiome.
The University of Washington today announced the topping out of the new $230 million Population Health Building. The UW also has selected two artists whose work will help tell the story of the education and research that will take place within the new facility.