Healthcare worker sits across from health fair participant, testing supplies on the table between them.

Stigma remains an enormous barrier to controlling the HIV/AIDS epidemic in many parts of Africa, as well as in underserved areas of the U.S. A number of successful interventions developed in Africa and tailored for use in the U.S. were discussed during a recent webinar hosted by Fogarty and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR).

This global-to-local approach will be explored in a series of webinars to share lessons learned on a variety of topics. “Our goal is to encourage both funders and researchers to give serious consideration into how global health research findings could be adapted for use in the U.S,” according to Fogarty senior scientist Dr. Linda Kupfer. “Although global-to-local research transfer is not new, we hope to investigate this topic somewhat differently by focusing on the type of research methods that have been used successfully.”

There are similar barriers for access to health care among those living in Eldoret, Kenya and Austin, Texas, observed Dr. William Tierney, who has conducted research in both locations. Poverty, lack of transportation and unreliable cellphone communication all pose significant challenges in both populations, which makes combatting the HIV/AIDS epidemic difficult.

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