Born with gastroschisis, baby Nathaniel was one of the first in Uganda to survive the rare birth defect.

Fixing A Birth Defect That Shouldn't Be Fatal

October 09, 2019

When little Nathaniel was born at Mbarara Regional Hospital in western Uganda, everyone was sure he was going to die. Nathaniel had a condition called gastroschisis, where a baby is born with its intestines, and sometimes other organs, outside of its body. Of all the babies born with gastroschisis at Mbarara then, none had survived. 

Similar to a ketchup packet, the Pratt Pouch preserves  a single dose of antiretroviral medicine.

Promising Pratt Pouch Ready to Scale Up

October 09, 2019

In 2008, Duke engineering professor Bob Malkin learned of a vexing failure that was frustrating efforts to prevent transmission of HIV from mothers to their newborns in many parts of the world. Antiretroviral medications—which are essential for newborns to receive in the first hours after birth to protect them from the virus during breastfeeding—were decaying in storage. 

North Carolina school children take part in DGHI community gardening project

Closer to Home

October 03, 2019

DGHI is bringing new focus to research and training partnerships in its own community. How can a global health perspective help address health disparities at home? 

This year's group of Masters of Science in Global Health students

Our Students are Truly Global

September 06, 2019

New year begins for more than 300 global health students, including new students from 11 countries. 

An army boat ferries flood victims to safety on a flooded road in Pinklao district, Bangkok, Thailand on November 4, 2011.

Double-Edged Sword

September 03, 2019

When military personnel are deployed to respond to crises around the world, they may unintentionally be spreading infectious diseases, too.

Marc Jeuland stands in front of a hand water pump in Mozambique.

Looking Beyond the Quick Fix

August 27, 2019

Environmental economist Marc Jeuland studies why big, one-off interventions often fail—and how to design solutions that are more sustainable.