UNC has made a new global commitment to women’s health.
On March 8, International Women’s Day, UNC’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and its Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases announced the creation of UNC Global Women’s Health.
“By creating this division, it is a visible manifestation of a commitment to the area and investment in this topic,” said Dr. Myron Cohen, public health director of the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases.
Global Women’s Health, which collaborates with health centers in Malawi and Zambia, is the department’s newest division.
The division is also the largest of its kind, said Dr. Jeffrey Wilkinson, associate professor in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department, in an email.
Wilkinson said the recruitment of new faculty in the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia allowed for the division to be created.
Dr. Jeffrey Stringer, founder of the center in Zambia, will head the division, Cohen said.
The division will focus on providing health services and research to women worldwide, especially in resource-deprived areas, said Dr. Daniel Clarke-Pearson, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC, in an email.
The collaboration’s research is centered on finding treatments for HIV and AIDS, improving pregnancy outcomes and child health.