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[MEXICO CITY] A Mexican institute and a Chinese university are among those receiving funding as part of the expanded Framework Programs for Global Health initiative of the Fogarty International Center, part of the US National Institutes of Health.

The programme, launched in 2005 and already supporting 19 health research institutes, will dedicate an extra US$4.6 million each year to 12 new additional campuses worldwide.

Mexico's National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Cuernavaca will receive US$400,000 annually to train health professionals and support health research.

"The globalisation process has increased considerably the economic, political and social interdependence between countries which has a deep effect on health, and for that reason we were interested in a global health program," says Lisa DeMaria, coordinator of the programme at INSP.

DeMaria told SciDev.Net that global health should take an interdisciplinary approach.

"We want to promote the interdisciplinary research subjects that integrate research and education activities in Mexico, with synergies between disciplines, working groups and institutions to promote better health," says DeMaria.

Fudan University in Shanghai, China, will also receive support from the programme to fund a teaching network for tackling maternal and child mortality, reproductive tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases.

"With the new academic partners, we will form a global partnership of training in health, oriented towards subjects of critical importance like infectious diseases, tobacco addiction and nutrition", says Jeff Gray, public affairs specialist at the Fogarty International Center.

US-based centres are also receiving funding to set up partnerships with developing countries. Harvard University, for example, will work with scientists in Brazil, India and Tanzania to research undernutrition, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Earlier this year (28 July), the Fogarty International Center announced a US$1.5 million program to support research against chronic diseases in developing countries.

Selected projects will receive funding of up to US$220,000 annually for up to five years.

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