Radical decision to close down country’s 34 institutions has been fraught with difficulties.

“Kathryn Whetten, a professor at Duke University in the US, followed 1,357 children in institutions, and 1,480 in families in Ethiopia and Tanzania, to compare the effect of living in orphanages with family care.

Whetten published her conclusions in the scientific journal PLOS ONE in 2014, saying that without substantial improvements in care and support, placing children back with families will not significantly improve their welfare.”

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The Maternal, Adolescent, and Child Health committee at DGHI announced another round of pilot proposal grants.

MACH-logo-finalThe Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) invites interdisciplinary teams to submit research
proposals in the area of Global Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health (MACH). Maternal,
Adolescent and Child Health is a research priority for DGHI.

DGHI seeks to provide pilot funds to stimulate interdisciplinary research in maternal, adolescent,
and child health with the goal of enabling investigators to leverage preliminary findings and data
to obtain larger awards of external funding. Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals are
especially encouraged. Proposals that support a sustainable line of research in maternal,
adolescent, and child health will be prioritized.

Submission Format
Please combine all required elements into a single PDF document and submit via email to
Kathryn Whetten at k.whetten@duke.edu with subject line “MACH Pilot Grant Submission.”
1. Application due date: February 15, 2016 (Please send to Kathryn Whetten at
2. Funding notice date: March 1, 2016

For more information, please click on the image below to download the proposal request PDF or visit http://dghimach.com.









Susan Reif’s newly published report Deep South Has the Highest HIV-elated Death Rates in the United South is gaining more press. Susan Reif, a Research Associate at CHPIR, and Carolyn McAllaster, a clinical professor at Duke University School of Law, wrote an op-ed for The News & Observer in honor of World AIDS Day, December 1, 2015.

The report states “the South continues to bear the heaviest HIV burden, with the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses and people living with diagnosed HIV.”  Furthermore, an important finding for policymakers is “death rates with HIV as the underlying cause were highest in the South.”

The report calls for U.S. federal policy makers to “direct adequate prevention resources to the U.S. South, including areas outside the large cities, where HIV diagnosis numbers and HIV-related deaths are high.”


The op-ed in The News & Observer can be found here.

This report was also featured on the Duke Global Health Institute’s website and that article can be found here.

The full report can be found on the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative by clicking on the picture below.