VIGH awarded $3 million for building research capacity in Nigeria and Mozambique
Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) has received a new research training grant and a renewal for an existing training program from the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build HIV-focused research capacity with key partners in Nigeria and Mozambique. One of the $1.5 million grants will establish The Vanderbilt-Nigeria Building Research Capacity in HIV/Non-communicable Diseases (V-BRCH) Program to build capacity of Nigerian investigators to successfully initiate and implement high-quality clinical trials in HIV-associated non-communicable diseases.
VUMC and VIGH Investigators Present Findings on Elevated Mortality of Tuberculosis Diagnosis in People Living with HIV
"Among people with HIV in Latin America, those diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) at an initial clinic visit were about twice as likely to die within 10 years as people not initially diagnosed with TB, according to findings from a large observational study. This increased risk persisted despite the availability of TB treatment and mirrored patterns seen previously in HIV-negative populations, according to research supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.
Featured Publication: Attrition of HIV-exposed infants from early infant diagnosis services in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Research led by Vanderbilt investigators found nearly 40% of HIV-exposed infants in low‐ and middle‐income countries (LMIC) were not in care at 18 months of age or had died. Despite the availability and progress of HIV prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs which includes postpartum follow-up of HIV-positive mothers and their HIV-exposed infants, many infants do not remain engaged in early infant diagnosis (EID) services that are essential to optimal health outcomes.
HIV-positive pregnant women at significant risk of loss to follow up from HIV Care after delivery in South Africa
In 2017, according to UNAIDS, more than 90% of HIV-positive pregnant women accessed antiretroviral (ART) medicines to prevent mother-to child transmission of HIV in Southern Africa, and recent research suggests access and adherence to ART remains high during pregnancy due in part to the scale up of national antenatal (ANC) and ART care clinics. Engagement in HIV care after delivery, however, can be challenging.
Audet Presented on HIV Transmission among Traditional Healers in South Africa at AIDS 2018
Science and PBS report on three places where "ending AIDS" is a distant hope
In 2016, Nigeria accounted for 37,000 of the world's 160,000 new cases of babies born with HIV. The most populous country in Africa, Nigeria does have an exceptionally large HIV-infected population of 3.2 million people. In other countries, however, rates of mother-to-child transmission of HIV have plummeted, even in far poorer countries. Mother-to-child transmission is only one part of Nigeria’s HIV epidemic.
Calling for improved HIV data systems on World AIDS Day
New NIH Grant Announcements
VIGH was awarded two NIH grants. One with the aim to reduce the risk of kidney disease in HIV-infected adults and the other one seeks to improve the treatment of epilepsy in children in Nigeria.
Researchers study unique couples intervention in Mozambique to reduce HIV transmission
Nutrition Research Methods Workshop Trains Faculty and Graduate Students in Zambia
VIDEO: Medical Equipment Arrives in Mozambique
Last year, the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) and Friends in Global Health (FGH) worked together to collect a container full of donated medical supplies, and had it shipped to the Provincial Health Department located in the Zambézia Province of Mozambique. In October 2016, the container arrived in the port of Quelimane. Together with Project C.U.R.E.
VIDEO: For mother and daughter, life is not as it used to be: It is much better!
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19th Annual HIV Symposium: Reducing the Risks
For mother and daughter, life is not as it used to be: It is much better!
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16th Annual HIV Symposium: From Cost to Cure