A broad range of research questions were addressed at the fifth annual Global Health Showcase last Thursday, where more than 100 Duke undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students presented posters highlighting their global health research in nearly two dozen countries.
Each year, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) sponsors a student fieldwork photo contest in conjunction with the Global Health Showcase event. This year, we added another competition: a research poster contest. Contest winners were announced at the Showcase event last Thursday.
This guest post is an excerpt of a congressional briefing in which Margaret Humphreys, professor of the history of medicine and DGHI affiliate faculty member, discussed the history of Zika’s mosquito vectors and the complexity of planning public health programs to counter disease-bearing mosquitoes. Humphreys has studied the history of mosquito-borne diseases in the United States and teaches a course at Duke on the history of public health in America.
The fortified Toyota Land Cruiser slipped and bounced in the muddy hollows of the rain-drenched Mongolian steppe. The driver, a native Mongolian man named Inka, slowly engineered the vehicle along what just two days earlier was a dusty pair of dirt tracks. In the back seat, Master of Science in Global Health students Laura Pulscher and Thomas Moore braced themselves during the ride, relaxing when Inka stopped the vehicle to ask a goat herder for directions.
Fifteen DGHI-affiliated authors—including faculty, staff, students and alumni—recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications.
In July 2015, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) a $20 million grant—$10 million in endowment support to sustain the institute’s growth and $10 million to support a challenge that matches donations dollar-for-dollar, making the total impact of the grant $30 million.
Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) director Michael Merson imagines a future where self-driving cars do more than allow passengers to watch Netflix behind the wheel. To Merson, who has worked in global health for 50 years, this technology has the potential to extend life expectancy worldwide, allowing elderly people the freedom to get around with less risk of falls.
“Some master’s programs brush aside coursework, but at DGHI, they dove right in to teaching necessary and valuable global health skills,” said Seth Zissette, a 2015 Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) alumnus from Barnwell, South Carolina. “After graduating, I came into my current job feeling very well-prepared and knew exactly what to do on day one. Not a lot of people feel that way.”
A widely hailed initiative that combines franchising business models and telemedicine to deliver better quality health care in rural India has failed to improve care for childhood diarrhea and pneumonia, according to a large-scale study by researchers at Duke, Stanford and University College London.
“One of the biggest challenges in our fieldwork experience has also been one of the most rewarding elements—balancing leading and following,” the members of one 2016 student research team reflected after the community health fair they’d helped organize in Naama, Uganda, had been deemed a success by all.