From involvement with dance groups, K-ville tenting and sexual health advocacy on campus to research in rural North Carolina and an internship in Ecuador, senior Emily Nagler is locally grounded and globally engaged.
Our new multimedia feature, “This Petite Pouch Packs a Punch,” tells the story behind the Pratt Pouch, a proven method of preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission and one of the most heralded global health innovations to come out of Duke.
Developed in 2008, the Pratt Pouch—a ketchup packet-like pouch of antiretroviral drugs—has already saved thousands of lives in Ecuador, Zambia and Tanzania. And now, its reach is expanding in Ecuador and a new initiative will bring the pouch to Uganda.
“I wanted to work with communities internationally to learn about their culture, understand who they are, while at the same time providing service and advocacy,” said Okechi Boms, a 2016 alumnus. “DGHI has allowed me to seamlessly combine my interests in understanding peoples’ stories and working to improve their lives.”
Chris Clayton '13, who double-majored in biology and Spanish and Latin American studies, said the global health introductory course served as a springboard for his academic path at Duke.