Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases

Researchers Identify Patterns of HIV Risk Among People Who Inject Drugs in Vietnam

People who inject drugs (PWID) in Vietnam are disproportionately affected by HIV. While HIV prevalence among the general population aged 15-49 is 0.4 percent, the prevalence of HIV among people who inject drugs is a staggering 11 percent, according to UNAIDS. In an effort to combat new infections among PWID, researchers at the University of… Read more »

Researchers Receive $3.6 Million Award to Improve Mental Health Treatment in Malawi and Tanzania

A collaborative, international team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a multimillion dollar award to study the mental health of people in Malawi and Tanzania living with a non-communicable disease, like diabetes or hypertension. Non-communicable diseases are the second leading cause of death in Malawi, according to the World Health… Read more »

Gillings Innovation Lab Award Funds Hepatitis Prevention in Africa

A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will use funds from the Gillings School of Global Public Health to test two interventions to prevent mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Jonathan Parr, an assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases… Read more »

Rapid Diagnostic Test Helps Distinguish between Severe and Uncomplicated Malaria in Africa

Malaria is a leading cause of death for children living in sub-Saharan Africa. Many children in rural areas seek care at local community health clinics, but these clinics lack reliable tests to distinguish severe and uncomplicated malaria. Working at a health center in rural Uganda, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill… Read more »