The Latest News from VIGH

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.

Researchers study unique couples intervention in Mozambique to reduce HIV transmission

Researchers in the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health are testing whether a unique “couples-centered” intervention developed in the southern African nation of Mozambique can reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Health counselors: A key element in the fight against HIV

"The health counselor is the key member of the team. They are the true pillar. It is with the health counselor that patients have their first contact, on which everything else depends." ~Mauro Timana – Chefe Médico at Mocubela

Vanderbilt Medical Center Initiative Saves Lives in Kenya

A medical team delivered a baby via cesarean section in South Sudan one night in a room lit by flashlights and cellphones. The woman lived and so did her baby. If it hadn't been for a registered nurse trained to administer anesthesia the woman might have become one more mortality statistic on a continent where needing a c-section can mean death. While women in East Africa have access to hospitals, anesthesiologists are few and far between.

Vanderbilt at CROI 2016

Vanderbilt faculty from across campus will have a strong presence at the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). In particular, VIGH core faculty Muktar Aliyu M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H and Kate Clouse Ph.D., M.P.H. and VIGH affiliated faculty will be presenting their work on optimizing the PMTCT cascade. See more details about their work and other Vanderbilt researchers below:

VIGH faculty receive funding from Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs)

The Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) initiative aims to foster collaboration among schools, researchers and students at Vanderbilt. It is the centerpiece of the 2013-14 Academic Strategic Plan. The investment of $50 million will fund programs devoted to discovery and learning with an “interdisciplinary” and “multidisciplinary” approach that address society’s most pressing problems. The program launched in November of 2014.

Registration Open for Child Health Advocacy Summit

Registration is open for Save the Children's annual Advocacy Summit April 10 - 11 in Washington, D.C. Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization committed to providing food, education and medical care to children facing day-to-day struggles such as poverty, illiteracy, hunger and disease. Save the Children's Advocacy Summit organizes, educates, motivates and activates individuals to make global change that will positively impact children in need.

Maternal and Child Health: A Local and Global Panel Discussion

Join local and global experts in a discussion about the challenges and successes in maternal and child health. February 18 | 3 - 5 p.m. Vanderbilt University Light Hall 208 | MAP Reception to follow in Light Hall North Lobby Registration is required for this no-cost event. Opening Remarks and Moderator: Margaret "Meg" Rush, M.D., Executive Medical Director, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

VIGH researchers receive grant to study family-focused approach to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission

Researchers at the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH) recently received a two-year, $895,072 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study whether an integrated, family-focused approach can prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV—the AIDS virus—in Nigeria.

MANI+ Malnutrition Project in Guatemala draws Vanderbilt faculty and student interest

Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies Director Ted Fischer developed a project called Mani+ in 2008 to combat chronic malnutrition in Guatemalan children. Several teams of Project Pyramid students from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, led by Bart Victor, recently helped develop a business plan for the project. Sarah Roper, Hudson Baird, Thomas Davis, Jillian Currie and Robert Tauscher were among an interdisciplinary group of Vanderbilt students who contributed to the business and implementation plans.