HBHE MPH Student is named one of Time Magazine's "Heroes of Global Health"

December 06, 2005
Kimberly Chapman, a second year master’s student in Health Behavior and Health Education, was one of Time Magazine’s “heroes of global health.”On their website for the Global Health Summit, they described these heroes: “We were looking for people who had pioneered innovative ways to improve the health of poor people around the world,” TIME Sciences Editor Phillip Elmer-DeWitt said. “To our surprise, wherever we looked, we found them – from an ex-motorbike racer who dispatched hundreds of sidecar-equipped motorcycles across Africa for use as mini-ambulances to a Thai economist who championed condom use among Bangkok sex workers and headed off what could have been a devastating outbreak of HIV/AIDS. The great thing about these projects is that they can be replicated and scaled up – and inspire even more pioneering approaches to improving health worldwide.”

This is what they had to say about Kim: “Kimberly Chapman is the chair of the board of directors of Carolina for Kibera (CFK), an international NGO that operates in Kibera, Kenya. In this capacity, she has overseen the organizational development, program expansion, and financial stewardship of CFK. Ms. Chapman attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship for her B.Sc. in public health, and over the past 10 years, has worked extensively with youth development and HIV/AIDS initiatives in a number of communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia. She is currently a graduate student in public health at UNC-Chapel Hill where she co-chairs the Student Global Health Committee. She helped to design and launch the first university-wide course in global health, and works with the International Core of the Center for AIDS Research.

Carolina for Kibera, Inc. (CFK) is a non-profit, international NGO housed at the University Center for International Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Run exclusively by youth in Kenya and advised by U.S.-based volunteers, CFK established a 5000-member youth sports association, reproductive health center, and medical clinic in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa, located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya.”

Go to http://www.time.com/time/2005/globalhealth/heroes.html to learn more.

For further information please contact Catherine Vorick either by phone at 919-966-3918 or by email at cvorick@email.unc.edu