Water well

Why "Improved" Water Sources Are Not Always Safe

April 22, 2014

In 2012, it was estimated that 89 percent of the world’s population had access to improved water sources. While this sounds promising, Duke researchers say international metrics for safe drinking water do not tell the whole story and that there remains a significant need for safe and scalable water supply solutions.

2013 Capstone event

Developing Practical Solutions to Global Health Problems

April 22, 2014

Tonight, more than 30 undergraduates will showcase their final projects as part of the Global Health Capstone Poster Session, the culmination of four years of learning in the classroom and in the field as part of the global health major, program II in global health and global health certificate. One team will be selected for its exemplary work during the Global Health Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 9.

Honduras group

Nursing Students Recognized for Honduras Study

April 21, 2014

Five Duke nursing students won the "Best in Show" prize for their recent work in Honduras at the Nursing School’s ABSN Community Health Clinical Poster Showcase last week. 

smith and Dhanasekaran

Understanding the Flu

April 09, 2014

DGHI faculty member Gavin Smith works with colleagues at Duke-NUS to study the diversity of the different viral strains and their ability to adapt and evolve and even jump the species barrier. Influenza is one of the most challenging infections to study, prevent and treat.

Bass project

New Prenatal Tests Pose Challenges for Developing World

April 09, 2014

Growing numbers of families in the developing world are beginning to benefit from new "noninvasive" prenatal tests that enable them to learn more quickly and accurately whether their unborn child has a severe genetic defect. As the tests become more common, however, they are also posing difficult new ethical and practical concerns.

Cornerstone partners

Duke is Partner in US Global Development Lab to End Extreme Poverty

April 07, 2014

Duke University is a partner in the newly established USAID-led initaitive to end extreme poverty by 2030. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the launch of the U.S. Global Development Lab at a New York City event on Thursday, which was attended by Duke Global Health Institute Director Michael Merson. 

Child hamburger

Over a Lifetime, Childhood Obesity Costs $19,000 Per Child

April 07, 2014

Childhood obesity comes with an estimated price tag of $19,000 per child when comparing lifetime medical costs to those of a normal weight child, according to an analysis led by researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. When multiplied by the number of obese 10-year-olds in the United States, lifetime medical costs for this age alone reach roughly $14 billion.

Kohrt mental health

Global Mental Health at Duke

April 01, 2014

In low- and middle-income countries, there are significant gaps in the availability of treatments and trained mental health care providers.  A dedicated group of faculty from across the university with decades of experience are working together on these and other challenges in global mental health. DGHI faculty member and psychiatrist Brandon Kohrt talks about building research collaborations at Duke that are poised to make a difference.