Sara Abdullah, a 2016 graduate, is making her mark in her home country of Pakistan as a program manager for Interactive Research and Development.
A simple and inexpensive public health intervention helped prevent many cases of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Pakistan. The intervention, described in a study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, will be especially helpful for protecting the kidney health of people living in developing countries.
Researchers from the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and their international collaborators have received a major award from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), Medical Research Council and The Wellcome Trust to study cost-effective ways to lower blood pressure in adults living in rural in South Asia.
Twenty-two DGHI faculty members, staff and affiliates recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications.
A long-term study of depressed mothers and their children in Pakistan, led by global health professor Joanna (Asia) Maselko, found that the children turn out pretty much the same whether or not their mothers received treatment for depression during pregnancy.
In a recent study, Joanna (Asia) Maselko, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and global health at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), and Pakistani colleague Siham Sikander, along with several other researchers, found that cognitive-behavioral counseling significantly extended the duration of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) in the rural Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. The success of this study shows that it’s possible to simplify sophisticated therapeutic techniques and efficiently train community health workers—the “backbone” of primary health care in low-income countries—to use these techniques effectively. The research team believes that these techniques and the training methods used in this intervention might be applicable to other prevention and health promotion initiatives in similar settings.
Many women from developing countries who migrate to richer nations in Asia and other regions for jobs as domestic workers experience abuse, illness, mental health problems and limited access to medical care, an extensive new review of more than two decades of scientific studies confirms.
The Human Development Research Foundation-Pakistan and researchers at Duke have launched a breakthrough study that explores whether and how a depression treatment program for new mothers can positively impact child health years later. The study is funded by a $1 million grant from Grand Challenges Canada (GCC). This is the first large-scale project that a DGHI faculty member has launched in Pakistan.
Mothers and other women are dying from preventable causes in Pakistan because their lives are not valued, obstetrician Shershah Syed told Duke Global Health symposium on May 25.
Addressing health disparities in underserved populations begins with an innovative idea. On Monday, 39 graduating Duke seniors showcased their research findings and proposals for a variety of global health issues in the US and around the world.