The University of Minnesota Academic Health Center (AHC) signed an Agreement for Cooperation and Exchange with the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Guangxi CDC) in March 2015. Built on previous collaborations Dr. Brooks Jackson has with Guangxi CDC in HIV/AIDS research, the AHC and the Guangxi CDC are broadening the scope of collaboration and areas of research.
Guangxi CDC is a government organization devoted to disease prevention and control, hygiene monitoring and detection, health education and promotion, preventive medicine research, treatment of disease and public health emergencies, technical assistance and service provision for public health, and health information management for the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China, bordering Vietnam.
The province, with an estimated population of 55 million, has the third highest rate of HIV infection of all Chinese provinces as well as higher than national average infection rate of tuberculosis. Guangxi CDC, based in Nanning, was one of the sites that participated in studies in the HIV Prevention Trial Network (HPTN) and the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT). In addition to its various laboratories and research institutes focusing on human parasitology, immunology, food safety and environmental health, bacterial, viral, infectious and chronic diseases, Guangxi CDC runs a HIV clinic to provide treatment and patient care.
In addition to the provincial-level Guangxi CDC, each of the 14 prefectural cities and 53 counties in Guangxi all have their own centers for disease prevention and control. This network of CDCs reports to Guangxi CDC and provides a comprehensive picture of where disease cases and epidemics are found within the province, as well as a very large on-the-ground team to deal with public health emergencies and conduct public health campigns and surveys. Guangxi CDC also works closely with the nearby Guangxi Medical University as well as several other post-secondary education institutions within the province.
AHC Global Health Seed Grants: Research in Guangxi, China
The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility is pleased to announce the recipients of the Academic Health Center’s Global Health Seed Grants for research in Guangxi, China. These projects will forge new collaborative research efforts between the University of Minnesota and Guangxi CDC while paving the way for increased student engagement in research.