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Overview of Global Health Research

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) supports global health research to achieve its mission of advancing nursing science to improve the health and well-being of all the world’s citizens. As such, NINR-supported science is conducted abroad in low and middle income countries (LMICs) on topics that address the Institute’s primary research focus areas.

Nurses and nursing research have a critical role in many of the health issues facing LMICs.  However, our impact is most significant in promoting health, as well as preventing and managing chronic illnesses and infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.  

Some examples of NINR-funded global health research include:

  • Studies investigating the influences of culture and behavioral change in reducing HIV-risk in nations such as China, Cambodia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Mexico, and Jamaica;
  • End-of-life bereavement studies conducted in South Africa, China, Thailand and Zimbabwe;
  • Studies examining methods to improve medication adherence and depression screening for HIV-care in India;
  • Studying the use of community-based health outreach to help reduce childhood diarrhea in Latin America; and
  • Collaboration with the NIH Fogarty International Center to support:
    • Programs expanding multidisciplinary research in Africa; and
    • Research addressing water safety to improve child health outcomes in Africa.

NINR-funded global training opportunities include:

  • Training projects in Asia, South Asia, Africa, and Latin America, addressing topics such as maternal and child health improvement, and the use of technology to promote health and improve medication adherence in chronic illness.
  • Programs in partnership with the Fogarty International Center to train international scientists in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and tropical disease research, such as the Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars.

To learn more about the Fogarty International Center and the work they support, please visit Items of particular interest to the NINR community may be the Fogarty International Center’s opportunities in Chronic, Non-communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan (NCD-Lifespan), the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program and the Fulbright-Fogarty Fellows and Scholars in Public Health Program.

Links to a selection of abstracts on NINR-funded global research:

Curran K, Baeten JM, Coates TJ, Kurth A, Mugo NR, Celum C. HIV-1 prevention for HIV-1 serodiscordant couples. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2012 Jun; 9(2):160-70.

Demmer C, Rothschild N. Bereavement among South African adolescents following a sibling's death from AIDS. Afr J AIDS Res. 2011 Jun 14; 10(1):15-24.

Edmonds JK, Paul M, Sibley L. Determinants of place of birth decisions in uncomplicated childbirth in Bangladesh: an empirical study. Midwifery. 2012 Oct; 28:554-60.

Heffron R, Ngure K, Mugo N, Celum C, Kurth A, Curran K, Baeten JM. Willingness of Kenyan HIV-1 serodiscordant couples to use antiretroviral-based HIV-1 prevention strategies. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Sep 1; 61(1):116-9.

Lin D, Li X, Wang B, Hong Y, Fang X, Qin X, Stanton B. Discrimination, perceived social inequity, and mental health among rural-to-urban migrants in China. Community Ment Health J. 2011 Apr; 47(2):171-80.

Lee SJ, Li L, Jiraphongsa C, Rotheram-Borus MJ. Caregiver burden of family members of persons living with HIV in Thailand. Int J Nurs Pract. 2010 Feb; 16:57-63

Foster J, Burgos R, Tejada C, Caceres R, Altamonte  AT, Perez LJ, Noboa FRM, Urbaez MF, Heath A, Hilliard RC, Chiang F, Hall P. A community-based participatory research approach to explore community perceptions of the quality of maternal-newborn health services in the Dominican Republic. Midwifery. 2010 Oct; 26:504-11.

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