Five Questions with Outgoing DGHI Director Michael Merson

June 26, 2017

On June 30, founding director of the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), Michael Merson, will step down as DGHI director. We sat down with him recently to get his thoughts on five big questions. Here’s what he had to say.

DGHI: What’s your best memory as the director of DGHI?  

Mercy Asiedu with Pocket Colposcope

New Tech Led by DGHI Professor Promises Easier Cervical Cancer Screening

June 26, 2017

Duke University researchers have developed a handheld device for cervical cancer screening that promises to do away with uncomfortable speculums and high-cost colposcopes.

The “pocket colposcope” is a slender wand that can connect to many devices, including laptops or cell phones.

If widely adopted, women might even use the device to self-screen, transforming screening and cure rates in low-income countries and regions of the United States, where cervical cancer is most prevalent.


Clergy Intervention Program Reduces Risk for Heart Disease, Diabetes

June 26, 2017

An intervention program for more than 1,100 United Methodist clergy in North Carolina led to improvements in weight, cholesterol and blood pressure that were sustained over 24 months. The results represent findings from the Spirited Life intervention, a program of the 10-year, $17 million Clergy Health Initiative funded by The Duke Endowment.


DGHI’s Randall Kramer Named Interim Institute Director

June 13, 2017

Randall Kramer, professor at the Duke Global Health Institute and the Nicholas School for the Environment, has been named interim director of DGHI, taking office at the end of June when founding director Michael Merson steps down.


WHO Releases New Rehabilitation Guidelines for Emergency Medical Teams

May 30, 2017

The transition from short-term to long-term rehabilitation care for injured disaster survivors is just one of the complex issues the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to address in a new set of guidelines. These standards, released in Geneva on May 8, outline standards for post-disaster rehabilitation care and provide guidance on strengthening the capacity of EMTs.

Mmbaga and Watt Research Team

DGHI/KCMC Symposium Addresses Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission

May 30, 2017

On May 26, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) co-hosted a symposium at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania, to share ongoing research on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Tanzania.