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NYU and Health Right International Receive MAC AIDS Fund and UBS Optimus Foundation Funding

College of Global Public Health partner, HealthRight International was recently awarded four grants to fund projects. In addition to two projects mentioned last week — one campaign focused on unaccompanied migrant children (UMCs) in the U.S. and the other on internally displaced young adults in Ukraine — HealthRight International received funding for a project to study male sex workers (MSW) in Kenya as well as one to observe vulnerable children in Nepal.

NYU College of Global Public Health Faculty and HealthRight International are collaborating on a $200,000 grant from the MAC AIDS Fund to evaluate the efficacy and feasibility of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infections in a population of male sex workers (MSW) in eastern Kenya. Lead by CGPH faculty and primary investigators, Drs. Peter Navario  and Farzana Kapadia, and co-primary investigator and CGPH faculty member, Dr. Perry Halkitis, this project aims to be among the first to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and impact of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) on HIV risk among male sex workers (MSW) in Malindi, Kenya. This project will integrate PrEP into three existing health facilities serving sex workers in Malindi in order to document and analyze its impact on HIV incidence, as well as PrEP uptake, adherence, side effects, cost, and other factors that may influence replication and scalability of this potentially transformational intervention.

In partnership with NYU’s School of Medicine, HealthRight International has also been awarded a two-year violence prevention grant for vulnerable children in Nepal, by the UBS Optimus Foundation. This grant will be used to implement a research project focusing on engaging school teachers and parents in violence prevention and mental health promotion among vulnerable children from high-risk communities.