Kenya, Nigeria awarded Institute of Human Virology grants

Kenya, Nigeria awarded Institute of Human Virology grants.
The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland has granted awards to Kenya and Nigeria in order to strengthen biological capabilities.

A total of $10 million was awarded to Nigeria to allow the development of early detection and response capabilities for emerging diseases that threaten public health in the country. Kenya received an award of $13 million to support laboratory capacities and overall infrastructure to be able to manage infectious diseases.

The announcement said that the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa highlighted several gaps in national and international response to emerging pathogens.

In Nigeria, the IHV has also facilitated the operation of training hubs for nurses and community health workers to be able to identify and treat cases of HIV and AIDS. Nigeria also has a branch of the IHV that works with the IHV Division of Epidemiology and Prevention.

The Kenya grant will last over a five-year period and support the collaborative project, Borsha Maabara, which consists of the Kenyan Ministry of Health, the National Public Health Laboratory Services, the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service and the IHV.

“IHV continues to serve as a true global leader who can effectively partner with varying foreign governments and public-private sector entities to combat infectious disease,” Dr. Robert Gallo, professor of medicine and director of the IHV, said. “IHV’s Clinical Division under the leadership of my colleague and fellow IHV co-founder, Dr. Robert Redfield, works to advance global public health for the betterment of mankind and to save countless lives.”

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