A collection of global health articles


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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We’ve saved millions of people with HIV/AIDS. Now, let’s do the same for cancer.

Star-Ledger, December 1, 2019

Health systems in sub-Saharan African countries have improved their responses to and treatments of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, but they have failed in preventing, diagnosing or treating cancers that are preventable and curable. This op-ed by Richard Marlink appeared in the Star-Ledger in recognition of World AIDS Day.

Botswana Rutgers Collaboration Worthy-Masisi

Botswana Daily News, March 26, 2019

On a trip to the United States, Botswana’s president Mokgweetsi Masisi visited Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and agreed for Botswana and the university to develop a collaborative partnership. Richard Marlink, who has been coming to Botswana regularly for the past 24 years, believes that the success of the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute could be replicated at Rutgers.

Rutgers Establishes Collaborative Partnership with Botswana

Rutgers Today, February 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. Richard Marlink, who for the last 22 years has led partnerships in Botswana to combat HIV/AIDS nationwide, signed a universitywide agreement with the University of Botswana focused on health—the first international agreement initiated by Rutgers Global Health Institute.

Confronting the Brutal Inequality in Cancer Care

Rutgers Global Health Institute, February 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 director of Rutgers Global Health Institute.

Q&A: 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day

Healio, December 1, 2018 

To mark the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, 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.

Clinical Care and the Global Impact of AIDS

Rutgers Around the World, November 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 career path and his work in fighting HIV/AIDS in the United States and abroad.

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Advice from an AIDS fighter about climate-change denialism

NJ.com, 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.”

A Global Perspective

Rutgers Magazine, October 31, 2017 

Since the very beginnings of the AIDS epidemic, hematologist/oncologist and former Harvard professor Richard Marlink has been at the forefront of the worldwide fight against the disease. With his appointment as the inaugural Henry Rutgers Professor of Global Health and founding director of the new Rutgers Global Health Institute, Rutgers University is poised to significantly increase its already substantial impact on the health of populations around the globe.

Urgently Creating the Better in Global Health

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.

Building the Rutgers Global Health Institute

Robert Wood Johnson Medicine, May 1, 2017

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

A New Venture Designed to Improve Health and Wellness Globally

Pharmaceutical Intelligence, April 17, 2017

The newly formed Rutgers Global Health Institute, part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences 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.

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

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.


Larchmont Ledger, February 1, 2016

In December 2003, Richard Marlink, a professor of Public Health Practice at Harvard found himself living out that adage, “Be careful what you wish for.” The federal government announced on December 1 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.

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

Intrahealth International, November 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.

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

Global Post, November 14, 2014

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.

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. Thirty years later, Marlink would be responsible for putting more AIDS patients on treatment than almost anyone on the planet.

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Harvard Partnership Fights HIV/AIDS in Botswana

The Harvard Crimson, March 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.

PEPFAR in Africa, success against AIDS

Harvard Gazette, January 16, 2013

Harvard AIDS researchers gathered at the Harvard School of Public Health 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.

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

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health News, February 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.

Further Research Critical to Eliminating Pediatric AIDS

Huffington Post, March 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.

Plotting the Demise of AIDS

Harvard Gazette, December 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.

HSPH Find AIDS Drugs Work Well in Botswana

Harvard Gazette, November 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.

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