No Longer a Death Sentence: Transforming Cancer Care and Prevention in Africa

Rutgers University Foundation, September 20, 2020

Botswana only recently managed to get on top of an HIV/AIDS epidemic that ravaged the country in the late 1990s. Now this African nation of just over 2 million people faces a second epidemic—cancer—and the potential loss of life is staggering. Rutgers Global Health Institute, in partnership with the Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness, is helping the country build sub-Saharan Africa’s first comprehensive cancer care and prevention program.

Improving Cancer Care in Botswana: An International Partnership

Rutgers Nursing magazine, July 28, 2020

In Botswana, a democratic nation in southern Africa with a population of about 2.3 million, a stark lack of resources exists for cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. A severe shortage in the specialty-trained workforce is a major challenge to providing comprehensive cancer care. Today, new nursing education programs are being launched in Botswana, with assistance from Rutgers School of Nursing’s Center for Global Health. These School of Nursing initiatives fall under the umbrella of the Botswana-Rutgers Partnership for Health, led by Richard Marlink, director of Rutgers Global Health Institute.

Rutgers faculty discusses effect of coronavirus on minority communities

The Daily Targum, April 19, 2020

Preliminary coronavirus disease (COVID-19) data has shown that Black and Brown communities have experienced the most pandemic-related deaths in the United States, according to a press release. Health experts are now demanding more racial data on the crisis. Richard Marlink is among the Rutgers faculty interviewed in this story about the disproportionate ways in which the pandemic is impacting minority communities.

The scarlet C: Coronavirus survivors face the stigma and discrimination

Los Angeles Times, April 18, 2020

Customers boycott a pharmacy. People scream at a family on the street. A man has trouble summoning an ambulance to his home. There’s a common thread linking all these stories: fear of COVID-19. Richard Marlink is among the experts quoted in a story that asks, When do social safeguards against the novel coronavirus mutate into their own contagion of fear and loathing?

COVID-19: Limited health care access further divides ‘haves’ from ‘have-nots’

Healio, April 9, 2020

A recent report by the Federal Reserve found that in 2018, nearly 40% of people in the United States would not be able to afford an unexpected $400 expense. Richard Marlink, MD, director of Rutgers Global Health Institute, and Russell Scott Phillips, MD, director of the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care, spoke with Healio Primary Care about ways in which social determinants of health are impacting patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Impact of COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa

Rutgers Global Health Institute, April 1, 2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic has reached many African countries that are already suffering from malnutrition and disease, under-resourced health systems, and limited economic funding. Richard Marlink, director of Rutgers Global Health Institute and a leader in the global response to HIV/AIDS,  understands what it means to address health problems in sub-Saharan African countries, home to more than 1 billion people. He discusses the impact of COVID-19 in the African region and what can be done to help these countries.

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