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UNC: Launches Zambia Hub

The students, faculty and staff of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health work in more than 60 countries to address urgent global health challenges. Now, with the launch of a new global hub in Zambia, they have even more opportunities to engage — and this is just the beginning.

Over the coming years, key leaders at the Gillings School will establish a small number of sustained geographic hubs to give more focus to the School’s portfolio of global work. The Zambia Hub is kicking off with three initiatives supporting safer pregnancy and childbirth, and will expand to include additional health topics.

In 2019, four UNC Gillings students had summer internships in Lusaka, Zambia. Partnering with local communities and members of UNC Global Women’s Health, they supported the following projects:

“Having a consistent presence in-country and working with select partners makes it more effective to provide quality research and learning experiences, use our resources in a targeted way and improve public health,” said Dr. Barbara K. Rimer, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School. “The hubs will enhance student skills, broaden faculty opportunities for research and teaching, and accelerate the Gillings School’s impact.”

In addition to creating opportunities for UNC faculty members to work in hubs and explore global health, leaders at the Gillings School are encouraging researchers and practitioners from Zambia to visit North Carolina for exchanges, sabbaticals and degree programs.

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