Latin America / Caribbean News


UNC-Chapel Hill, RTI International Researchers Assess US Travelers’ Knowledge of Zika Virus, Vaccine

A collaboration between researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, RTI International and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine has resulted in the first study to assess and compare United States travelers’ knowledge levels about the Zika virus across three regions: at-risk states, other states and Puerto… Read more »

Carolina Research Finds Global Surface Area of Rivers and Streams Is 45 Percent Higher than Previously Thought

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Texas A&M University used satellite images, on-the-ground measurements and a statistical model to determine how much of the earth is covered by rivers and streams. They found that global river and stream surface area is about 45 percent greater than what was indicated by… Read more »

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Grant to Libraries Will Provide Access to Rare Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan Dramas

June 27, 2018

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries has received a grant of $12,000 from the Pine Tree Foundation of New York. The grant will help the Library catalog and digitize a vast collection of rare Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan dramas. The collection is particularly significant because it contains approximately 2,000 “comedias sueltas,” according… Read more »

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Clare Barrington and Team Win Research Award for HIV/AIDS Project in Guatemala

Central America’s first study to critically document the process of creating a community-based clinic for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for gay men has been selected to receive the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations’ (ICASO) 2018 Robert Carr Research Award. The project, “Expanding the Options: A Case Study of Collective Action to Create a Community-based Pre-exposure… Read more »

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Framework of ‘Obstetric Violence’ Opposes Mistreatment of Women in Latin America

In a new commentary led by a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, several experts reviewed the concept of ‘obstetric violence,’ a legal construct that is being used in Latin America to confront mistreatment of women during childbirth. Co-authors from the Gillings School include first… Read more »

Maya from the Margins Wins Diversity Award from Society of American Archivists

Archivists from the University Libraries and their campus and community partners have been honored by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) as 2018 award recipients. The awards recognize 20 individuals and organizations for outstanding accomplishments and innovations. A collaborative international project to help young people of Maya heritage study their history and culture received SAA’s Diversity Award,… Read more »

NIH Grant to Provide Doctoral Training to Nicaraguan Researchers

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year $1.2 million grant to support training Nicaraguan researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of Nicaragua, León (UNAN-León). The Nicaraguan Emerging and Endemic Diseases (NEED) Training Program will: provide Ph.D. training in infectious disease epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill… Read more »