Elizabeth Glaser Foundation Announces Grants to Recruit Pediatric AIDS Researchers in Developing Nations
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation has announced the creation of a number of grants to help recruit scientists in developing nations to fight HIV/AIDS among infants and children, according to a foundation release. The new International Leadership Award program, unveiled yesterday at the third conference on Global Strategies for the Prevention of HIV Transmission from Mothers to Infants in Uganda, will include three-year, $450,000 grants designed to "invest in trained individuals" in developing nations who "have the potential to develop programs which will have a direct impact on the pediatric HIV epidemic in their country." Each grant recipient will receive funding to offset salary and program costs and will mentor a "minimum" of three additional people to work on the projects. Grant recipients will be tasked with initiatives such as creating HIV/AIDS research and implementation programs in the areas of epidemiology, vaccine development, prevention of vertical transmission, treatment of HIV-positive mothers and infants and development of national policies or strategies to combat pediatric HIV/AIDS. Kate Carr, CEO of the foundation, said, "We expect these scientists will ... succeed in establishing programs that change the pediatric HIV epidemic in their country" (Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation release, 9/10).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.