When patients are suffering from the most severe form of malaria, known as cerebral malaria, infected red blood cells are trapped within the microscopic vessels of the brain. This impedes critical oxygen delivery, resulting in coma and often leading to death.
Every spring, more than a dozen student groups at Duke organize Global Health Week, a series of events designed to shine a light on global health issues and on the work Duke student groups are doing to address these issues. Global Health Week 2015 is just around the corner, starting on Monday, March 30 and ending Saturday, April 4.
As part of a training grant funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the Fogarty International Center, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) hosted a sociobehavioral sciences symposium on March 2-3 in Moshi, Tanzania.
In collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Eve Puffer, professor of global health, psychology and neuroscience, has been working to reduce violence toward children in their homes. Since 2010, this collaborative research has studied the impact of parenting practices on children growing up in communities affected by conflict, displacement and poverty.
The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) recently selected two new doctoral scholars who will begin the program in September 2015. The Global Health Doctoral Scholars Program provides an opportunity for Duke doctoral candidates from multiple disciplines to participate in innovative research on a topic that straddles their primary discipline and global health.
This summer, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) will launch a new One Health training program led by Greg Gray, a professor at DGHI, Duke’s Division of Infectious Diseases and the Nicholas School of the Environment. Applications are now being accepted for the program, which runs from May 14 to June 7 in Durham, North Carolina.
Often when people think of global health, they envision this work being done primarily in low- and middle-income countries. At DGHI, while most of our work is focused internationally, we believe that global is local and local is global. In fact, it’s one of our core values.
Scott Boisvert first became interested in Duke’s global health major after he participated in the Focus program, a first-year experience in which he explored global health through a cluster of seminar courses. The potential to immerse himself in different cultures and influence the health of local populations enticed him to learn more about global health
A recent study led by Brandon Kohrt, professor of global health, psychiatry, and cultural anthropology, suggests that collaboration among law enforcement officers and mental health clinicians can help reduce stigma and police violence against persons with mental illness in Liberia. The collaboration model developed through this project also proved applicable in addressing challenges law enforcement officers encountered during the Ebola outbreak.
Sylvia Sable, MSc-GH ’13, began her global health journey as an undergraduate at Cornell University, where she majored in “biology and society”—a combination of hard science and humanities courses—and minored in global health and nutrition. After completing fieldwork in Tanzania, she knew she wanted to pursue a global health career.