Infectious diseases.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is but one infectious disease, and it has changed daily living for the world. Unfortunately, there are many others that can do the same—in addition to persistent pathogens we continue to fight.

SPH is home to epidemiologists and other researchers with deep expertise in infectious diseases: how to model spread, how to contain outbreaks, and how to prepare for novel contagions. Today, the value of their lifelong work is readily apparent; tomorrow, our success against the next pandemic might depend on it.

Our efforts include:

  • On-the-ground work in South Africa to improve retention in HIV-care programs, and to analyze the impact of changes in South Africa’s National Treatment Guidelines for HIV
  •  A review of neurodevelopmental outcomes in children born to women with Zika infection during pregnancy in Colombia
  • A study to assess the efficacy and safety of a new drug for the treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis
  • An effort to reduce infant mortality in Zambia through the collection of data on deaths that can be attributed to pertussis and RSV, two respiratory diseases circulating in Lusaka

SPH experts work across the entire spectrum of infectious diseases research, from the study of pathogens themselves, to treatment outcomes, to public communications. With strong philanthropic support, their work has the potential to help reduce the harm caused both by future novel viruses and by ones we’re still struggling against.

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