September 16, 2013
Thanks to funding from a 5-year $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the University of Cape Town in South Africa and Brown University's School of Public Health in Rhode Island will work together to train social scientists in their efforts to battle South Africa's HIV epidemic. Brown University Epidemiologist Mark Lurie said that the initiative would seek to train South Africa's next generation of social scientists to better understand and prevent HIV infection. The grant will fund student exchange programs and curriculum development, and promote various aspects of HIV research. According to officials, South Africa is home to the world's largest HIV population, with 6 million individuals, or nearly one in six, infected with the virus.