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UNC receives Gates Foundation grant to develop drugs for African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis

September 14, 2006 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $21.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop effective, inexpensive drugs to treat late-stage African sleeping sickness and visceral leishmaniasis – diseases that infect and kill hundreds of thousands of people in developing nations.The grant supports the… Read more »

UNC reaches new NIH funding high; School of Public Health ranks 6th among all universities

September 13, 2006 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received nearly $300 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in fiscal 2005, placing Carolina 15th overall and first among public universities in the South. The $296.6 million total, an all-time high, was a 2.3 percent increase over funding of $289.7… Read more »

New course to teach beginning Spanish to U.S. health-care professionals

  July 28, 2006 Help is on the way for health-care workers who don’t know one word of Spanish but increasingly find themselves treating Latino patients. In North Carolina, a team of representatives from state government health agencies and higher education has started work on a language course designed especially for them: “!A su salud!… Read more »

UNC preparedness experts help train avian flu responders around the world

July 25, 2006 Jen Horney, NCCPHP Assistant Director BANGKOK, Thailand – The way health officials respond when the first cases of avian flu are reported in their countries could mean the difference between a few contained cases and the start of a widespread outbreak. To help health officials prepare to respond as efficiently as possible,… Read more »

Distance Ed student represents Japan at UN conference on AIDS

July 11, 2006 Tsutomu Nemoto, 24, had registered to take his first online course in the Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts Program this summer, but his plans were delayed when he heard good news – that he was selected as a member of Japan’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session of… Read more »

U.S. ambassador inaugurates UNC-run HIV/AIDS care center in Kinshasa

June 29, 2006 KINSHASA, Congo – Earlier this month U.S. Ambassador to the Congo Roger Meece helped inaugurate a new HIV/AIDS care unit in the Bomoi health care center, a community facility operated by the Salvation Army in the capital’s N’Djili neighborhood.Drs. Frieda Behets and Annelies Van Rie, professors in the Department of Epidemiology at… Read more »

Scholarships, new clinic, CDC partnership mark Carolina for Kibera’s fifth anniversary

June 28, 2006 The photo Rosemary took for the new book “LightBox” shows her cousin washing clothes in a small basin, at home in the Nairobi, Kenya, slum, Kibera. Rosemary’s caption reads in part:”She is the only girl in the house and she has a big brother & It is her job to wash his… Read more »

OWASA adopts resolution to honor Dan Okun

June 20, 2006 Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) of Carrboro, NC adopted a resolution in honor of Daniel A. Okun, Kenan Professor of Environmental Engineering, Emeritus. The resolution, presented below, was approved during a Public Hearings and Meeting of the OWASA Board of Directors held on May 25, 2006 at Chapel Hill Town Hall… Read more »

New test helps Latino patients, health care workers communicate

June 08, 2006 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health have designed an easy-to-use health literacy test to help U.S. health care workers better communicate with and care for Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Shoou-Yih D. Lee The new test, SAHLSA (Short Assessment of Health Literacy for Spanish-speaking Adults), helps… Read more »

Gates foundation grant targets new drug for sleeping sickness; Meshnick lab involved in discovery

  May 23, 2006 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $22.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support a pivotal clinical trial of a promising new oral drug for treating African sleeping sickness.African sleeping sickness, or trypanosomiasis, is a deadly parasitic disease transmitted by tsetse flies…. Read more »