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.
Between completing coursework for two majors and fitting in a fieldwork experience, Duke global health majors may find their study abroad options limited. But Duke Semester in India (DSI) offers an ideal opportunity to combine the intrigue of study abroad with the requirements of the global health co-major.
“Sustainable development is about a universal concept of human improvement,” Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, asserted during his keynote speech at the Duke Global Health Institute’s 10th anniversary symposium last Wednesday.
On Wednesday, October 5, more than 250 guests from around North Carolina’s Triangle region and beyond gathered to celebrate DGHI’s 10th anniversary at a day-long symposium and reception.
Last week, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) convened 25 of its international collaborators for a partnership conference held in conjunction with our 10th anniversary symposium.
It’s gratifying when global health research affects policy. This was the case when Peru’s federal government declared a state of emergency after the publication of a report by DGHI researchers showing the distressing impact of gold mining on the health of people living downriver from mines in the Peruvian Amazon.