Global Public Health Division Video Wins 2nd Prize in Video Challenge Competition for UC Global Health Day

A video made by doctoral candidate Jaime Arredondo and other members of the Division of Global Public Health has won second prize in the Video Challenge Competition for UC Global Health Day.

The video, “The Forgotten: Clinica del Bordo,” takes viewers to the San Diego-Tijuana border, where Arredondo and many other members of the global public health division provide wound care, HIV testing and other basic health services to people who live in the Tijuana River Canal.

Canal Wound Clinic, or Clinica del Bordo, is an outreach effort of UC San Diego’s NIDA-funded Proyecto el Cuete IV program, Impact of Drug Policy Reform on the HIV Risk Environment Among IDUs in Tijuana.

“This brief video embodies our division’s philosophy of integrating research, training and service to improve the health of our border community,” said Division of Global Public Health chief Steffanie Strathdee, PhD.

“I am very proud that our work is upheld by our students, as they are our next generation of health providers and prevention scientists.”

Dr. Strathdee is Harold Simon Professor, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences; Chief, Division of Global Public Health and Director of the UC San Diego Global Health Initiative.

Jaime Arredondo is an AIDS International Training and Research (AITRP) fellow.

The video is here:

Study Confirms High Rate of TB Infection in Tijuana Injection Drug Users

A new research report from the Division of Global Public Health is pointing up the need for tuberculosis screening and treatment programs for injection drug users in the San Diego-Tijuana border region.Dr. Richard Garfein and his coworkers at UCSD and in Mexico have found that up to 67 percent of injection drug users in Tijuana test positive for TB infection.

This population, at risk for HIV, is vulnerable to the dangerous combination in which an HIV-weakened immune system allows a latent TB infection to become active.

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The data come from Proyecto el Cuete, a collaborative study that includes researchers from UC San Diego and two institutions in Tijuana.Principal investigator in the study is Richard Garfein, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Division of Global Public Health.

Other Department of Medicine investigators in the study are Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D., Professor and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health and Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences; and Antonino Catanzaro, M.D., Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

The report is released in the May issue of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

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