Brown launches partnership on South Africa HIV

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University’s public health school is collaborating with the University of Cape Town in South Africa to train social scientists working to stem the country’s HIV epidemic.

The partnership is being funded through a $1.9 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Mark Lurie, an epidemiologist in Brown’s School of Public Health, said the initiative seeks to train the next generation of South African social scientists working to better understand and prevent HIV infection.

Officials say South Africa has the world’s largest HIV-positive population. Six million people there, or nearly 1 in 6, are infected.

The grant will support student exchange programs, the development of curriculum and the promotion of various aspects of HIV research.

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