New health projects revealed by USAID and NIH
Using the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research Health grants program, the USAID and NIH will directly support scientists from developing countries who are working on research projects. The projects will focus on addressing some of the world's largest health challenges.
"By making these first PEER Health awards, we are leveling the playing field for developing- country scientists, helping them to contribute equally to challenges in their own countries," Alex Dehgan, science and technology adviser to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, said. "The world's health challenges, particularly those related to young children, require the diverse expertise of global research teams."
PEER Health was started by the USAID and NIH after President Barack Obama's 2012 global challenge to end preventable child deaths. PEER Health enabled cutting-edge technology in the 24 countries that make up 80 percent of the world's under-five child mortality rate.
The newly awarded 16 PEER Health projects will receive a total of $7.5 million from USAID to research areas like maternal health and child nutrition.
"PEER Health brings together the expertise and resources of NIH-funded researchers with the skills and knowledge of developing country researchers who understand local challenges and opportunities," Dehgan said. "These scientific collaborations will reap high rewards on a very human scale."