Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Botswana, and there is a dire need to improve timely access to care. Through research and training, the Botswana-Rutgers Partnership for Health is working to identify and address crucial deficiencies in information and support.
While the overall rates of HIV/AIDS have decreased, the risk of infections within certain populations has surged. New Jersey Medical School faculty member Shobha Swaminathan is a clinical site leader for a vaccine trial that aims to provide HIV immunity for life.
A study involving the all-women Nikumbuke Soccer League in Kenya is exploring the effects of women’s sports on social norms related to gender-based violence. Bloustein School associate professor Francis Barchi is collecting data via surveys, focus group discussions, and in-depth interviews in the seven villages that have women’s teams.
In Jharkhand, India, years of deficient rainfall have resulted in drought, leading to crop failure, food insecurity, and diminished livelihoods.This study is investigating the potential of indigenous foods in contributing to dietary diversity and nutritional value to improve food security in Jharkhand’s vulnerable tribal communities.
Adults are increasingly affected by progressive vision loss by age 65. Disparities in this health realm have broadened worldwide, but influencing factors are underexplored. School of Engineering faculty member Maribel Vazquez is investigating how emerging technologies—such as biomaterials, nanoscience, and microtechnologies—can work together to help address this inequity.