Gilead Sciences announced its COMPASS (COMmitment to Partnership in Addressing HIV/AIDS in Southern States) Initiative, an unprecedented $100 million commitment over 10 years to support organizations working to end the HIV epidemic in the Southern United States. Through the initiative, Gilead is partnering with three coordinating centers to strategically provide funding across the region. The Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) has been selected as a coordinating center.

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In 2005, Kathryn Whetten, director of the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR), and her colleagues set out to examine predictors of physical and emotional well-being, cognitive development, relationship outcomes and achievement outcomes for a cohort of more than 3,000 orphaned and separated children (OSC) living in five low-income countries (Cambodia, India, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania).

Fourteen peer-reviewed papers, dozens of conference presentations and 12 years later, the “Positive Outcomes for Orphans” (POFO) project is still ongoing. Whetten, the principal investigator, was recently awarded a third round of funding for the project—a five-year, nearly $2.8 million National Institutes of Health grant.

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CHPIR is continuing the National Evaluation of Quality of Childcare in El Salvador project (ENCCI), an evaluation of the Salvadorian government funded implementation of the Whole Child International intervention to improve the care of children in residential and child care settings.

As the new research project director, Dr. Hy Huynh traveled to El Salvador this October to visit child care centers, support office activities, as well as provide ethical humanitarian photography for Whole Child International’s visual storytelling purposes. Below is a selection of photos from his field work:

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