CIRA opens office in India

President Richard C. Levin inaugurated a new office for the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on aids (CIRA) in India in January. Joining him in the city of Chennai were CIRA’s director, Michael H. Merson, M.D., and University Secretary Linda K. Lorimer, J.D. ’77.

The new office will initially administer three projects. Project Parivartan, which is supported by a three-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will study community interventions designed to reduce HIV risk among sex workers, truckers and injection drug users.

A second project, supported by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, will evaluate a model program that provides medical, psychosocial and nutrition services to families with a child infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The third project is a research and training program that will study the influence of religious and cultural factors on the mental health and transmission risk behavior of HIV-infected persons.

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