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IAVI, Partners Working To Prevent ‘Brain Drain’ In Developing Countries

In a guest post on the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog, Elisabeth Wilhelm, senior media specialist at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), “writes about the need to invest in the next generation of researchers and scientists in sub-Saharan Africa,” according to the introduction. “Access to quality education not only can help prepare tomorrow’s HIV/AIDS scientists — it can also help them beat the odds of becoming tomorrow’s patients,” because “[t]he more education, the lower is the risk that young people will contract HIV,” Wilhelm writes. She discusses several programs spearheaded by IAVI and other organizations working to keep skilled researchers in their home countries to reduce “brain drain.” She adds, “We can help by promoting more in-country innovation, supporting robust [science, technology, and math (STEM)] education, and engaging young people earlier in academic settings throughout the Global South” (10/14).