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Common Fund's Global Health program supports biomedical research and training in chronic, non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, maternal-child health, mental health, emergency medicine, as well as in infectious diseases. The program includes two primary initiatives:

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Program Highlights MEPI

NIH prepares for new MEPI research support in Africa. The NIH has announced it is committed to continuing to foster the next generation of researchers in sub-Saharan Africa and is planning to issue a second round of grants through the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI). Read the Fogarty Interational Center article for more information.

Medical trainees make use of electronic resources funded by the MEPI program. Photo by Richard Lord for Fogarty/NIHA special supplemental issue of Academic Medicine on MEPI accomplishments contains 32 articles on progress by the program to revitalize and expand medical training in sub-Saharan Africa.
Read a summary of the supplement's articles from NIH's Fogarty International Center. Access the full supplement here. Exit Disclaimer

MEPI Press Release: "African Medical Education is Being Transformed by US Program." Learn more about MEPI's accomplishments by reading the release here.

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Program Highlights H3Africa

Press release: NIH Awards Two New Grants to Explore the Understanding of Genomics Research in Africa." Both grants are part of the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) component of H3Africa. One of the grants will support a research project to understand cultural and language concepts of genomics in Nigeria. The other grant will support a project to determine Ethiopians' understanding of gene-environment interactions, with a goal of also increasing awareness about disease susceptibility. Read the press release here. View NIH Common Fund-supported Global Health grants here.

H3Africa launches new website for H3Africa BioNet
H3Africa launches website for H3Africa BioNet (click icon above)

Learn more about the Five Step Grants Registration Process in the H3Africa Grants Registration Process Guide. View the meeting presentation slides here.Exit Disclaimer

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NEW! H3Africa 5th Consortium Meeting on November 7, 2014, Including an Open Workshop on Sickle Cell Disease. The H3Africa Consortium is hosting a public meeting on Sickle Cell Disease in conjunction with the Fifth H3Africa Consortium Meeting in November 2014 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. More information available here. Exit Disclaimer

NEW! Funding Opportunity for Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI)-Supported Institutions. Read the Request for Applications to learn how MEPI-supported institutions can apply for grants that contribute to improved human health & foster the next generation of faculty researchers in Africa.

MEPI Helps Strengthen Psychiatric Education in Zimbabwe. Read how the IMHERZ program, funded through MEPI, is helping Zimbabwe expand its mental health training programs here. Exit Disclaimer

H3Africa Grantee Contributes to Ebola Research. Dr. Christian Happi, funded by the H3Africa initiative, contributed to work to trace the Ebola virus origin and transmission during the 2014 outbreak in West Africa.
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H3Africa Marker Paper on “Enabling the Genomic Revolution in Africa.”  Exit Disclaimer Learn how the NIH and the Wellcome Trust are working together to help African scientists apply genomic and epidemiological techniques in the study of diseases in Africa.​

NIH-supported Component of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI): Research Career Development of African Junior Faculty will extend the activities supported under the original MEPI program by providing research training and mentored research opportunities for junior faculty in MEPI-supported African institutions. The goal is to increase the number of faculty with research expertise in order to build the next generation of African researchers. Read more about the plans for MEPI's future here.

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