New York, NY (March 17, 2016) – HealthRight International was recently awarded four grants to fund projects focusing on unaccompanied migrant children (UMCs) in the U.S., male sex workers (MSW) in Kenya, vulnerable children in Nepal, and internally displaced young adults in Ukraine.
HealthRight’s Human Rights Clinic (HRC) was awarded a grant by the Harman Family Foundation. This grant will be used to initiate a unique program supporting UMCs in the New York metro area. HealthRight will be recruiting and training medical and mental health providers, specializing in pediatric and child development, to provide child-friendly and trauma-informed forensic evaluation for UMCs who have fled torture, abuse and neglect in their home countries, in support of their immigration applications.
The MAC AIDS Fund awarded HealthRight a grant to implement pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV infections in uninfected MSW in Kenya. This MSW-focused demonstration project will be among the first of its kind.
In partnership with New York University’s School of Medicine, HealthRight has been awarded a two-year violence prevention grant for vulnerable children in Nepal, by the UBS Optimus Foundation. This grant will be used to implement a research project focusing on engaging school teachers and parents in violence prevention and mental health promotion among vulnerable children from high-risk communities.
Finally, Dr. Peter Navario, Executive Director of HealthRight, has been awarded a research grant by the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR). This grant will be used for a pilot-study that will elucidate the impact of conflict on HIV risk among Ukrainian young adults who have been internally displaced by recent violence in the east of Ukraine.
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