Examples of CDCs Long-term Research Collaborations Overseas
CDC manages research collaborations (sometimes referred to as field stations) in Côte dIvoire, Guatemala, Uganda, Guinea, Kenya, Botswana, and Thailand, and is establishing long-term collaborative projects that may form the basis for a permanent center in Vietnam. In general, CDC provides core funding for the field stations, and USAID and other donors provide additional support for both core activities and special projects.
The field station in Kenya is a collaborative effort between CDC and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). Most of the research takes place in western Kenya, in an area of intense, year-round malaria transmission and high incidence of HIV/AIDS. Major studies have
The field station is also studying the impact of coinfection with HIV and malaria, particularly in pregnancy. Other ongoing activities concern the development of immunity to vaccines among HIV-positive children, defining local spectrum of diarrheal diseases and antimicrobial resistance among diarrheal pathogens, and addressing the consequences of coinfection with HIV and schistosomiasis.
The field station in Guatemalathe Medical Entomology Research and Training Unit/Guatemala, or MERTU/Gis integrated into the Universidad del Valle and works closely with the Guatemalan Ministry of Health. MERTU/G has helped evaluate national prevention and control efforts related to malaria and onchocerchiasis. Research on leishmaniasis has led to improved clinical treatment regimens, and research on foodborne and waterborne diseases such as cholera has led to improved prevention methods. To reduce deaths due to Chagas diseasea significant health problem in Guatemalathe Guatemalan Ministry of Health and MERTU/G are conducting nationwide surveys to determine prevalence and risk factors; supporting field and molecular studies of the triatomine insect that carries the disease; and evaluating blood bank practices that may contribute to transmission through blood transfusions.
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