The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently gave the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $8 million to improve the health of mothers and infants in Malawi. UNC Project-Malawi was originally established to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Malawi, and now works in improving the problems associated with malaria, pediatrics, trauma, burns, cancer, family planning, emergency obstetrics, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. This story comes in the wake of a report that North Carolina triangle universities received $2 billion in funding last school year.
“We are thrilled to receive this funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the government of Malawi to maximize the impact of the Safe Motherhood Initiative and improve the lives of women in Malawi,” said Jeff Wilkinson, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
According to the Island Gazette, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will work on building maternity facilities where women who are going to give birth or who have just had children will receive maternity services and education. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will also help to train maternal and newborn health care providers, including nurses, midwives and obstetrician-gynecologists. The university is also working towards establishing Malawi’s first residency program in obstetrics and gynecology.
“UNC is deeply committed to women’s health around the world, and we will do everything we can to assist President Banda’s initiative to make pregnancy and delivery safer for all women,” said Jeff Stringer, MD, an obstetrician who works in Zambia and serves as director of UNC Global Women’s Health.
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been working in Malawi for over 20 years. The university has seven faculty members living and working in Malawi and Zambia and is the largest global OB-GYN division in the United States.
In addition to making important contributions to global health in Malawi, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a well-funded market for lab suppliers interested in marketing life science solutions and increasing lab sales leads, according to recent NIH and NSF research funding statistics. In 2012, the NIH awarded the university $367.8 million in research funding, while the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also received $38.8 million from the NSF in 2012. Of the NSF research money, $11.5 million went to life science projects alone.
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