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March 18, 2004

International Health Professor Receives HEED Grant for Study in Chad

Lori Leonard, ScD, assistant professor in the Department of International Health, received one of 11 funding grants under the Health, Environment and Economic Development (HEED) program, which is co-funded by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Leonard is collaborating with Dr. Hassane Mahamat Hassane of the Laboratoire de Recherches Vétérinaires et Zootechniques and with Dr. Grace Kodindo of the University of N'Djamena to assess the impact of the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline Project on household economies, production activities, decision-making and health in three types of communities (a rural village, a local town with worker in-migration, and a peri-urban area of the capital city) in Chad.

The HEED awards, co-funded with four NIH institutes and offices and the U.S. Geological Survey, support innovative developmental and exploratory research and research capacity-building projects in developing countries on topics that combine the issues of health, environment and economic development. The program aims to gain a better scientific understanding of the relationship between these issues and to suggest policy measures to address the problems associated with them. The combined financial commitment from FIC and its partners is approximately $3 million over a two-year period.

Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health, Cornell University, University of Maryland, Tufts University, University of Michigan, Resources for the Future, University of Memphis, Princeton University and Brown University also received HEED grants.

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