Funding for the HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Health Implementation Research Institute (HIGH IRI) is provided by Viiv Healthcare and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Additional funding for the program is listed below:
Nancy Czaicki Scholar
The Nancy Czaicki Scholar is supported by the Dr. Nancy Czaicki Memorial Gift Fund. This fund is used to carry on the vision and passion exemplified by Dr. Czaicki in improving public health in Africa through education, capacity-building and research to improve the health and well-being of those impacted by infectious diseases.
“Dr. Czaicki was one of my earliest mentees when she was a doctoral student at UC Berkeley working with myself, Nancy Padian and Sandra McCoy. She was a vibrant and dynamic addition to our team and emerging work with partners in Zambia – Carolyn Bolton, Charles Holmes, Izukanji Sikazwe, Kombatende Sikombe and others. She was a natural bridge for our research collaboration between UCSF (where I was faculty at the time) and the Centers for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, and split her time between the Bay Area and Lusaka. She contributed broadly to many research studies examining retention in HIV services, novel models of service delivery and the patient experience.
She is remembered by colleagues not only for the work she did, but also for the way she did it. Working on health across national boundaries is always accompanied by important dynamics to acknowledge. Working in Africa on health must address important inequities in opportunities between North Americans and young professionals in Africa. Americans have more opportunities to enroll in degree conferring programs, access to scholarships, and privileges than young researchers and professionals in Africa. While these disparities are due to many factors in a post-colonial world, and can’t be remedied by one person, Dr. Czaicki’s work always acknowledged and tried to ameliorate these differences. This was expressed in her collegiality, access, eagerness to teach and share what she knew and commitment to equalizing health around the world.
After finishing her doctoral studies, Dr. Czaicki planned to relocate to Lusaka with her fiancée, Dr. Jake Pry, also an epidemiologist. Dr. Czaicki passed away after an accident in early 2017. A fund has been created by her family and friends to support the causes she was dedicated to. She is remembered by so many who worked with her. “ –Dr. Elvin Geng
The Johnson & Johnson Foundation Scotland is responsible for managing Johnson & Johnson’s Global Community Impact programs and activities across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The Foundation works extensively with NGO partners to co-create projects aligned with defined strategic priorities. Together with their partners, they focus on building and strengthening a robust primary care health workforce – made up of capable, confident and resilient nurses, midwives, and community health workers – so that they can provide quality care to the communities they serve.
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