Now More Than Ever, Global is Local

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the value of UNC's Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and its work around the world, from Chapel Hill to Central America, Africa, and Asia.

“Health concerns do not respect borders, and the University can only reach its true potential and best serve the people of North Carolina through the globalization of our programs," Dr. William Roper, then vice chancellor for medical affairs, said in 2007 as the Institute was created. "We gain valuable knowledge through this work that we can put to use here at home for treatment and disease prevention."

That thinking has proved itself in the last few months as our clinicians and researchers have applied their experiences overseas — testing for, treating, and researching the prevention of Ebola, Zika, Lassa Fever, HIV and more — to pivot and establish the same here in North Carolina: COVID-19 testing sites, treatment guidelines, prevention advice for government officials, treatment and vaccine research. 

Now more than ever, global is local. This video honors the people working at the Institute for Global Health's flagship sites and the critical research, education, and service they provide, at home and overseas.

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