Rutgers Establishes Collaborative Partnership With Botswana

Rutgers Today - President Barchi Signs Botswana AgreementRutgers Today, Feb. 15, 2019

Rutgers University and Botswana leaders signed an agreement to launch the Botswana-Rutgers Knowledge Collaborative, a joint initiative to exchange knowledge through technology and develop programs that help Botswana address its strategic development goals as the country emerges as a regional hub of southern Africa.

While many of the details of the Botswana-Rutgers Knowledge Collaborative are still being refined, Marlink, who for the last 22 years has led partnerships in Botswana to combat HIV/AIDS nationwide, signed a university wide agreement with the University of Botswana focused on health – the first international agreement initiated by Rutgers Global Health Institute. Read more…

Confronting the Brutal Inequality in Cancer Care

Confronting the Brutal Inequality in Cancer CareRutgers Global Health Institute, Feb. 15, 2019

Every single day, nearly 47,000 people around the world, on average, are diagnosed with cancer. And while the disease can affect anyone, there is extreme disparity when it comes to cancer care and prevention globally.

“People are dying from curable cancers in Botswana because of delays in each step of the cancer care process,” says Richard Marlink, an oncologist and the director of Rutgers Global Health Institute, based at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Recently, the university announced the launch of the Botswana-Rutgers Knowledge Collaborative, a partnership with Botswana that has the potential to create transformational change throughout the country. Read more…

Q&A: 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day

Image result for richard marlinkHealio, Dec. 1, 2018

Today marks the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, which is observed every Dec. 1 to show support for people living with HIV/AIDS, spread awareness and commemorate the more than 35 million people who have died since the start of the global epidemic.

To mark the date, Infectious Disease News spoke with Richard Marlink, MD, director of the Rutgers Global Health Institute. As an oncologist, Marlink treated some of the first HIV/AIDS patients at the former St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York and helped establish the first HIV/AIDS clinic in Boston. Read more…

Clinical Care and the Global Impact of AIDS

Clinical Care and the Global Impact of AIDSRutgers Around the World, Nov. 26, 2018

In this episode of Rutgers Around the World, a podcast produced by Rutgers Global, Richard Marlink shines a light on the field of global health by reflecting on his own career path and his work in fighting HIV/AIDS in the United States and abroad.

Marlink, the director of Rutgers Global Health Institute, talks about his involvement with the epidemic before it was even known as AIDS, while he was a physician intern in New York City, and his role in setting up the city of Boston’s first AIDS clinic. Read more…

TV Interview: Rutgers Experts Discuss Vaccines on News 12

Video player of News 12 interviewNews 12 New Jersey, July 20, 2018

For a television news broadcast about vaccination, News 12 New Jersey reporter Marci Rubin spoke with Rutgers experts—Richard Marlink, MD, director of Rutgers Global Health Institute, and Tanaya Bhowmick, MD, assistant professor of medicine, infectious diseases, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School—about the safety, efficacy, and functionality of vaccines.

Marlink, who has conducted significant HIV/AIDS-related work in Africa and the U.S. for more than 30 years, understands the gravity of infectious disease outbreaks. Read more…

Rutgers professor: Advice from an AIDS fighter about climate-change denialism, November 30, 2017

The first volume of the federally mandated Fourth National Climate Assessment, released Nov. 3, was damning and conclusive: The Earth has warmed at an accelerated pace since the mid-20th century, due chiefly to human pollution.

Five days later, Kathleen Hartnett White, President Donald Trump’s nominee to chair his Council on Environmental Quality, testified at her Senate confirmation hearing that the extent to which humans have affected climate change is “very uncertain.” Read more…

A Global Perspective

Richard G. MarlinkRutgers Magazine, October 31, 2017

Since the very beginnings of the AIDS epidemic, hematologist/oncologist and former Harvard professor Richard G. Marlink has been at the forefront of the worldwide fight against the disease, on the ground and in the laboratory. He helped establish the first HIV/AIDS clinic in Boston, founded Botswana’s national AIDS training program, and was among the pioneering scientists in Senegal who discovered the second type of human AIDS virus, HIV-2. With his appointment as the inaugural Henry Rutgers Professor of Global Health and founding director of the new Rutgers Global Health Institute, the university is poised to significantly increase its already substantial impact on the health of populations around the globe. Read more…

Urgently Creating the Better in Global Health

Image of Richard Marlink, who will head a new Global Health Institute at Rutgers.The Hastings Center Report, September 30, 2017

In 1996, when I helped form a partnership between the Harvard AIDS Institute and the government of Botswana, AIDS was more prevalent in Botswana—where one out of every four adults was infected—than in any other country in the world. Shortly after the Botswana Harvard Partnership was established, the new triple‐drug antiretroviral therapy emerged in the West. This regimen demonstrated remarkable effectiveness when at least three ART drugs were administered together. Read more…

Building the Rutgers Global Health Institute

Building the Rutgers Global Health Institute

Robert Wood Johnson Medicine, May 1, 2017

In 2016, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, recruited Dr. Marlink to lead the new Rutgers Global Health Institute, a university wide effort, based at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. In addition to holding a Henry Rutgers professorship, Dr. Marlink is faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Read more…

The Rutgers Global Health Institute, part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

A New Venture Designed to Improve Health and Wellness Globally

Rutgers Institute For Health BuildingPharmaceutical Intelligence, April 17, 2017

The newly formed Rutgers Global Health Institute, part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, represents a new way of thinking by providing positive health outcomes to potential patients around the world affected by disease and/or by a negative environmental impact.

Richard G. Marlink, M.D., a former Harvard University professor recognized internationally for research and leadership in the fight against AIDS, was recently appointed as the inaugural Henry Rutgers Professor of Global Health and Director of the Rutgers Global Health Institute. Read more…

Richard Marlink, Known Globally for His Work Fighting AIDS, to Lead Rutgers’ Global Health Institute

Image of Richard Marlink, who will head a new Global Health Institute at Rutgers.Rutgers Today, April 29, 2016

Richard G. Marlink, a Harvard professor recognized internationally for research and leadership in the fight against AIDS, will join Rutgers as the inaugural Henry Rutgers Professor of Global Health and director of a new Global Health Institute at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS).

At the start of the AIDS epidemic, Marlink was instrumental in setting up the first HIV/AIDS clinic in Boston and studied the impact of the HIV virus in west and central Africa. After helping to start the Botswana-Harvard Partnership in 1996, he founded the Kitso AIDS Training Program, which would become Botswana’s national AIDS training program. Read more…


At the Forefront of the AIDS Crisis in Africa

Larchmont Ledger, Feb. 1, 2016

In December of 2003, Dr. Richard Marlink, a professor of Public Health Practice at Harvard found himself living out that old adage, “Be careful what you wish for.”

The federal government announced on December 1st of that year it was awarding grants—$125 million over five years—to combat HIV/AIDS at a global level through a program called the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  Read More …

Ebola Makes the Definitive Case for Health Workers and Strong Health Systems

Ebola in West AfricaIntrahealth International, Nov 26, 2014

Since I first wrote about Ebola here at Global Health TV two months ago, the number of Ebola deaths has more than doubled, to 5,459, and the number infected has reached 15,351, according to the World Health Organization. Ebola has caused countless angst and affliction, mostly in West Africa but also in Spain and the U.S.  Read More …

Lessons from Ebola: Health care in Africa needs a PEPFAR-like approach

Global Post Nov 2014Global Post, Nov 14, 2014

BOSTON — With the declaration that Texas is now Ebola-free, the last potentially infected person having cleared the 21-day monitoring period, the United States is quickly shifting focus to other hot-burner topics. But while the fast fade of Ebola hysteria is a good thing, we now risk losing sight of a critical larger issue: The need to build strong health care systems in the poorest parts of Africa.  Read More ...

Dr. Richard Marlink: Global Clinician

Harvard AIDS Initiative, Spotlight, Summer 2013

 When he was an intern in New York City in 1980, Dr. Richard Marlink knew something was going on, he just didn’t know what. The hospital where he worked, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, served patients from Harlem to Greenwich Village. “Mainly gay men, homeless people, and drug addicts used our clinics,” said Marlink. The staff began seeing a surprising number of rare conditions like Kaposi’s sarcoma and miliary tuberculosis—conditions usually seen only once or twice in a medical career.

In 1981, the CDC published an account of five gay men in Los Angeles with a rare form of pneumonia. The report was later acknowledged as the first scientific mention of AIDS. In retrospect, it’s clear that Marlink and his colleagues at St. Vincent’s had been treating some of the first AIDS patients. Thirty years later, Marlink would be responsible for putting more AIDS patients on treatment than almost anyone on the planet.  Read More …

Harvard Partnership Fights HIV/AIDS in Botswana

BHP logoThe Harvard Crimson, Mar 7, 2013

In 1996, Executive Director of Harvard’s AIDS Initiative Richard G. Marlink worked with Essex to forge a partnership between Harvard and the Botswana government using a framework that had been implemented in similar programs in Senegal, Tanzania, the former Zaire, and Nigeria.  Read More …

In Africa, success against AIDS

Harvard Gazette ImageHarvard Gazette, Jan 16, 2013

Harvard AIDS researchers gathered at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) last Thursday to mark 10 years of work under a key federal anti-AIDS program that has been instrumental in stemming the tide of a disease that once threatened to destroy entire societies.  Read More …

HSPH efforts in Africa helped lead to decade of success against AIDS

PEPFAR featured imageHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health News, Feb 11, 2013

The largest public health initiative in history dedicated to a single disease was announced unexpectedly during President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address in 2003: $15 billion over five years to fund a new international AIDS effort. For AIDS researchers at HSPH, the program known as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) offered the opportunity to dramatically scale up their efforts in African countries hit hard by the disease.  Read More …

Screening “The Carrier”

The Carrier ImageEGPAF Blog, April 24, 2012

Recently I hosted a screening in Boston of a remarkable documentary chronicling the impact of HIV on families in sub-Saharan Africa. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum co-sponsored a viewing of the film “The Carrier” by first-time filmmaker Maggie Betts.  Read More …

Further Research Critical to Eliminating Pediatric AIDS

pediatric aidsHuffington Post, Mar 1, 2011

Thirty years ago, doctors in the U.S. identified the first case of what would soon come to be known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. In 1981, we hadn’t yet identified the human immunodeficiency virus that causes the disease. Today we hold the real prospect of eliminating HIV in one entire segment of the world’s population: infants and young children.  Read More …

Plotting the demise of AIDS

AIDS@30Harvard Gazette, Dec 2, 2011

Scientists, physicians, activists, and others on the front lines of the 30-year fight against AIDS gathered on Harvard’s Longwood Campus on World AIDS Day Thursday to plot a strategy to achieve something that most once thought impossible: ending the AIDS epidemic.  Read More …

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HSPH find AIDS drugs work well in Botswana

Harvard Gazette, Nov 17, 2005 

Africa’s first large-scale public program to distribute critical AIDS drugs to a developing nation is as successful as similar programs in industrialized countries, a Harvard School of Public Health study has shown, helping put to rest concerns that such programs can’t work in developing nations.  Read More …