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Dr. Sam-Agudu Awarded $1.75M INSPIRE Grant

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Photo: Dr. Nadia Sam-Agudu examines an HIV-positive child at one of the hospital/clinics supported by her NGO, Institute of Human Virology-Nigeria, in Abuja, Nigeria, January 2012.

Congratulations to Dr. Nadia Sam-Agudu, adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Global Pediatrics, on her recent $1.75 million World Health Organization-Canadian International Development Agency (WHO-CIDA) INSPIRE grant for to study, "The Impact of Mother Mentor Programs on PMTCT Service Uptake and Retention at Primary Healthcare Facilities in Nigeria".

Nigeria has had a national HIV/AIDS care and treatment program since 2003. Despite almost 10 yrs of providing PMTCT (Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV) programs, however, Nigeria still has the highest pediatric HIV burden of any country in the world.

The grant aims to improve training and mentoring of mothers and to measure the impacts of mother mentor interventions in improved outcomes, as measured by anti-retroviral uptake and adherence post-delivery.

Dr. Sam-Agudu is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland. She did her Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Minnesota, where she did research in Dr. Chandy John's lab.