One biomedical technician training program in Honduras has achieved notable success in preparing and retaining technicians and overcoming a common problem in low-resource healthcare settings: out-of-service medical equipment.
This past summer, five undergraduate Duke students traveled to five different countries to conduct research, thanks in large part to the generous donors behind two funds established to support undergraduate global health fieldwork.
Each year, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) sponsors a student fieldwork photo contest and student poster competition in conjunction with the Global Health Showcase event. Contest winners were announced at the Showcase event last Wednesday.
“One of the biggest challenges in our fieldwork experience has also been one of the most rewarding elements—balancing leading and following,” the members of one 2016 student research team reflected after the community health fair they’d helped organize in Naama, Uganda, had been deemed a success by all.
Leah Mische, who graduated from Duke in 2013 with a neuroscience major, Spanish minor and global health certificate, has continued to engage in global health work while managing her staggering workload as a medical student at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
In March, a team of 14 students and four faculty leaders traveled 3,000 miles southwest of Durham to the small town of Las Mercedes, Honduras, where they administered basic healthcare to nearly 453 local residents in four days.
Whether undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral, students often crave challenging real-world experiences to supplement their studies as they prepare for a complex and evolving workforce. Duke’s Bass Connections program affords students a unique interdisciplinary opportunity to hone critical career and life skills—such as collaboration, critical thinking, and creative problem solving—through experiential learning projects, many of which include fieldwork in other countries.
Each summer, dozens of Duke students embark on fieldwork projects in places like Africa, South America and Southeast Asia through the DGHI Student Research Training (SRT) Program. It’s an experiential learning program for sophomores and juniors that distinguishes itself by its yearlong commitment to global health research. Students returning from the field say the SRT program is an invaluable experience that is broadening their perspectives and preparing them for their careers.
The Duke Developing World Healthcare Technologies Laboratory and Engineering World Health are collaborating with the GE Foundation to develop a new Biomedical Equipment Technician Training (BMET) project in Nigeria to address a need for locally-qualified medical technicians to repair and service biomedical equipment. It builds on the success of BMET programs already implemented in Rwanda, Ghana, Cambodia and Honduras.
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.