An independent group of 19 experts from around the globe, co-chaired by adjunct global health professor Muhammad Pate, has issued a hard-hitting analysis of the global response to the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, published in The Lancet. The panel was convened by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The report offers 10 major reform proposals to prevent future such catastrophes.
Paul Park, a 2013 graduate of the Master of Science in Global Health program at the Duke Global Health Institute, is making a significant impact on non-communicable disease (NCD) care in sub-Saharan Africa.
Nanjala Wafula, a second-year Master of Science in Global Health student from Eldoret, Kenya, is passionate about eradicating malaria. Wafula’s global health path began when she worked as a research assistant on malaria projects in Kenya led by Duke medicine and global health professor Wendy Prudhomme-O’Meara.
There are many measures of a successful global health research project: it engages both community leaders and those affected by the problem; it exceeds expectations for enrollment; it provides opportunities for students; it yields multiple peer-reviewed publications; it leads to policy recommendations; it spawns new research paths and funding opportunities; and, most importantly, it leads to real improvements in the health of the community.
According to David Boyd, associate professor of global health, millions of dollars have been spent in Guatemala to fight stunted growth, and yet the funding and interventions have had virtually no impact. That’s why he’s leading the development of a research-based, culturally appropriate nutrition intervention to address this prevalent and persistent issue in the poorer communities surrounding Lake Atitlán in Guatemala.
Duke Kunshan University (DKU) was selected in late 2014 by the World Health Organization's Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (APO) as one of three research hubs. Dedicated to the strengthening of health care systems in Asia, the research hub has been awarded funding for three projects, which were developed by DKU professors Abu Abdullah and Lijing Yan and collaborators from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore and Peking University.
Several faculty members at Duke are collaborating with the Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala City on a new clinical training initiative to improve the surgical care of children in Guatemala. In October, Gustavo Perez and Daniela Palencian, clinical residents at the Roosevelt Hospital, were the first visiting scholars in a new program for international trainees to rotate at Duke and University of North Carolina (UNC) hospitals to learn advanced pediatric surgical and anesthesia skills.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) comprise more than two-thirds of the U.S. HIV-positive population, and young MSM are far less likely to receive HIV care and adhere to their treatment protocol than their adult counterparts. Sara LeGrand, assistant research professor of global health at DGHI’s Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research, thinks mHealth solutions can be a game-changer for this population.
Nahida Chakhtoura, who completed a Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) at DGHI in 2012, serves as a medical officer in the Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Disease Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Two Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) faculty members—Mary Story and Eric Finkelstein—have articles in the November issue of Health Affairs, which is devoted entirely to the subject of food and health, marking the first time the publication has covered this subject in this way. Eric Finkelstein and colleagues look at the connection between the consumption of specific food and beverages and weight gain among children and adolescents. Mary Story and colleagues examine the complex relationship between food and health and provide policy recommendations designed to clear the way for people to eat better.