UNC Division of Global Women’s Health Receives Grant to Train Women’s Health Researchers in Zambia
October 17, 2017
School of Medicine
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Fogarty International Center to train promising Zambian investigators in HIV and women’s reproductive health research.
Carla Chibwesha and Benjamin Chi, faculty in the UNC Division of Global Women’s Health (GWH) in UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will lead this new initiative. They will work closely with Bellington Vwalika, professor at the University of Zambia, and Tobias Chirwa, professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, as well as faculty mentors from all three academic institutions. Chibwesha lives and works full-time in South Africa and travels regularly to Zambia.
Over the next five years, this program will provide doctoral training for five Zambian investigators from the University of Zambia’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Trainees will complete doctoral coursework at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and then return to Zambia for dissertation research. The program will also support five postdoctoral positions, as well as professional development opportunities for junior and midcareer Zambian faculty.
Read more on the School of Medicine website.