Peter Kussin, pulmonologist and professor of medicine at Duke, wanted to travel to Kenya to establish spirometric norms for Kenyan adults—a population that suffers from among the highest rates of obstructive lung diseases in the world. Daniel Rittschof, professor of marine science and conservation at Duke, wanted to travel to Indonesia to conduct a workshop for building a demonstration waste treatment project that would improve environmental and human health in the area. What do these projects have in common? International travel grants from the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) helped bring both of them to fruition.
Nineteen DGHI faculty members, staff and affiliates recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications. Click on the article links below to learn more:
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.
Many women from developing countries who migrate to richer nations in Asia and other regions for jobs as domestic workers experience abuse, illness, mental health problems and limited access to medical care, an extensive new review of more than two decades of scientific studies confirms.
Stockpiling antiviral drugs significantly reduce the number of deaths and total costs of a pandemic, but researchers at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Duke University Medical Center have found that many nations can’t afford to buy and maintain a reserve supply of essential antivirals under current prices.