Global Health Leaders Start Here

Our Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellows (DDICRF) take a break from their final DDICRF conference for a group photo with their mentors. From left: fellow Sruti Pisharody (a Duke medical student), Professor Jerry Bloomfield, fellow Aarti Thakkar (also a Duke medical student), Professor Peter Kussin, fellow Helen Wu Li (an Indiana University med student) and Professor Dennis Clements. Best wishes to these incredible clinician/scholars as they continue to prepare for their medical careers!

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#DGHI master's student Yadurshini Raveendran (center) poses with Fulbright student Luke Maillie and DGHI master's alum Christina Chao ’15. The three of them met while working on cancer control strategies at Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) in Mwanza Tanzania this summer alongside DGHI professor Kristin Schroeder. Yadu is currently working on two field research projects: (1) exploring the barriers to good nutrition and promoting education and interventions for pediatric oncology patients at BMC, and (2) building and implementing an mHealth app to reduce treatment abandonment for pediatric oncology patients at BMC.

Christina is working on a breast cancer implementation science project at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Luke worked on cervical cancer control strategies at BMC.

Dr. Schroeder’s many projects are focused on collaborative cancer control efforts for pediatric cancers in the Tanzanian Lake region. After witnessing extremely low chemotherapy adherence and increasingly late presentations to the hospital, Dr. Schroeder founded the NGO I-CCare to supplement patient costs so that kids can receive comprehensive treatments. Since then, she's expanded her research to include pediatric nutrition and health awareness.

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Longtime #DGHI professor Dennis Clements is retiring from his pediatric clinical role at Duke Children's. His colleague, Dr. Richard Chung, tweeted this photo of Dennis on his last day of clinic (last week) with a quote from Dennis's talk: “You can’t help patients get where they need to go without first understanding where they are. Listen first and make sure they know they have been heard.” Wise words from a wise man and cherished colleague! Thankfully, he'll still be hanging out with us at DGHI! 😊
And it's a wrap! Today was the final day of this year's intensive #globalhealth policy course, part of @duke_sanford's Global Policy Program in Geneva. The fellows, many of them @dukeuniversity students, wowed everyone with their impressive policy case presentations this morning--they were all so good that the judges couldn't choose a winner! Congrats, y'all! 🎉 PS - s/o to @turbulencefilms for their awesome videography work this week!
And …. action! We started filming with @turbulencefilms in Geneva today for a video promoting the #globalhealth track of @duke_sanford’s Global Policy Program, led by #DGHI’s Gavin Yamey. The 1-week intensive course features speakers from several Geneva-based global health NGOs, e.g., @who, @gavialliance, @globalfund & more! Check out our story to get a behind-the-scenes peek at our day.⠀
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Congratulations to DGHI's Greg Gray on leading another successful year with the Duke One Health Training program--which brought together about 20 Duke and NC State University faculty and 36 scholars from 10 countries. The program aims to introduce trainees to the importance of #OneHealth and encourage professionals from various countries and disciplines to work together to solve complex public health and infectious disease problems. Learn more at the link in our bio!
Today is #WorldNoTobaccoDay! Click the link below to learn more and see what you can do to support the campaign. ⠀
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Congrats to #globalhealth students Saumya Sao (@saumsao) and Godfrey Kisigo (pictured here) and clinical psychology PhD student Jessica Coleman on their new @dukebassconnections Student Research Award! They plan to examine male involvement in pre-natal care and #HIV services in Tanzania to identify opportunities for couples-based programming in health services. We look forward to seeing this new project unfold!
#Repost @dukebassconnections: Bass Connections Student Research Award winner Melissa Marchese ‘21 is a member of the Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America team, which has been exploring the health and environmental impacts of mercury exposure due to artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Peru. This summer, she will extend the team’s research by examining mercury contamination in major food sources for villages along the Madre de Dios river, including eggs and meat from local chickens. @dukeghi @dukeenvironment @dukestudents @dukeuenergy @dukeglobaled
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Looking forward to seeing what Melissa and her team learn this summer in #Peru! #BlueDevilsInTheField #GlobalHealth #dukeiseverywhere
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Exciting new research from Sanford (& #DGHI) faculty members Subhrendu Pattanayak and Marc Jeuland!

Three billion people around the world rely on traditional cookstoves that burn wood and coal. These stoves contribute to climate change, and new cookstoves haven't really caught on.

But new research shows that adopting some common business practices, such as performing careful market analysis and offering price rebates can increase purchase and adoption of improved cookstoves by as much as 50 percent in rural India. Read More: 🔗in bio!
Congrats to Isabelle Sico, a new #DukeMScGH graduate, on winning the best clinical research podium presentation award at the Duke Surgery Research Day last month. She shared her research on assessing barriers and facilitators to improving safety culture in a pediatric perioperative unit in Guatemala City, a project she worked on with a #DGHI/Duke Surgery team at Hospital Roosevelt in Guatemala.
June 19, 2019

As all too many families are discovering, having health insurance doesn't necessarily ensure financial security in the face of health crises. Nearly 1/2 of American workers enrolled in high-deductible health insurance plans say they don’t have enough savings to cover the cost of the deductible--which averages > $1,300. In this audio feature, DGHI affiliate Yousuf Zafar talks with NPR about the problem.

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June 18, 2019

How Africa’s porous borders make it difficult to contain Ebola: A Q&A with Mosoka Fallah, Deputy Director General at the National Public Health Institute of Liberia and Visiting Scientist at Harvard Medical School.

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June 17, 2019

Longtime DGHI professor Dennis Clements is retiring from his clinical role at Duke Children's. His colleague, Dr. Richard Chung, tweeted this photo of Dennis on his last day of clinic with a quote from Dennis's talk: “You can’t help patients get where they need to go without first understanding where they are. Listen first and make sure they know they have been heard.” Wise words from a wise man and cherished colleague! Thankfully, he'll still be hanging out with us at DGHI! 😊

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June 14, 2019

What have our researchers been up to? 55 DGHI-affiliated authors—including faculty, staff and alumni—recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications. Learn about their latest research here: https://bit.ly/2WBcAMr

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June 13, 2019

A new way to fight malaria? Scientists have used a spider gene to genetically engineer a fungus to produce a venom that can quickly kill mosquitoes -- and in the first tests mimicking conditions in sub-Saharan Africa, where malaria remains a major public health problem, it was highly effective at killing the mosquitoes. https://n.pr/2Ww0J1W

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June 12, 2019

Xiao Ji spent four years practicing as a cardiologist at a hospital in China, but she wasn't fulfilled: she wanted to impact more people and focus on disease prevention. That's why she decided to get an MS in global health at Duke Kunshan University. In this Q&A, she reflects on her path: https://bit.ly/2EX8zH1

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Happy New Year from DGHI!