ACE Team

New Grant to Evaluate Task Sharing Model for Mental Health Care in Kenya

August 21, 2017

Kathryn Whetten, professor of public policy and global health, thinks task sharing has the potential to narrow the mental health treatment gap in low- and middle-income countries. She’s been awarded a five-year $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health that aims to evaluate the scaling-up of task sharing mental health care in Kenya.

Pratt Pouch Being Used

Tiny Packet Is Making a Big—and Growing—Dent in Childhood HIV

August 07, 2017

Developed in 2008, the Pratt Pouch—a ketchup packet-like pouch of antiretroviral drugs—has already saved thousands of lives in Ecuador, Zambia and Tanzania. And now, its reach is expanding in Ecuador and a new initiative will bring the pouch to Uganda.

David Walmer Giving Intro at HsCC Meeting

New Alliance Aims to Improve Cervical Cancer Care and Prevention in Haiti

August 07, 2017

Twenty years after founding Family Health Ministries, a non-profit health organization in Haiti, associate global health professor and OB/GYN physician David Walmer and his wife, adjunct associate professor Katherine Walmer, have extended their efforts to fight cervical cancer through Haiti sans Cervical Cancer, a non-profit organization they co-founded that has helped bring together some of the world’s foremost NGOs to revolutionize cervical cancer care in the country.

Urban Pollution in Chinese City

Ozone Pollution Connected to Cardiovascular Health

July 24, 2017

Exposure to ozone, long associated with impaired lung function, is also connected to health changes that can cause cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke, according to a new study of Chinese adults.


Large-Scale, Collaborative Effort Could Help Ease Global Hearing Loss

July 11, 2017

A team of hearing experts at Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) is calling for a comprehensive, worldwide initiative to combat hearing loss. In a review article published yesterday in The Lancet, DGHI affiliate Blake Wilson and colleagues highlight accessibility to screenings, treatments and preventive measures as keys to stemming the rise of hearing loss.

Research Design & Analysis Core

New DGHI-Led Publications Break Down Modern Statistical Methods

July 11, 2017

Effective study design and analysis are critical to any research project, and statistical literature reflects many methodological advancements for a range of study designs in the last ten to fifteen years. But scholarly articles about statistical methods are rarely published in journals commonly read by public health and global health researchers. Liz Turner, assistant professor of biostatistics, bioinformatics and global health, wanted to change that.


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.