Multimedia Feature: Students Explore Human and Environmental Health in Madagascar


Duke students Laura Guidera (left) and Erin Litzow (center) and Njara Raharinoro, team member from the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar, confer before heading to the next home in the village to conduct a survey.

Published January 24, 2017, last updated on April 21, 2020 under Education News

In summer 2016, a Duke-led student research team traveled to a small village in northeast Madagascar to investigate the effect of traditional cooking practices on human respiratory health, air quality, biodiversity and agriculture.

Their goal? To work with the local community to produce sustainable data-driven solutions to foster the health of the people of Mandena and their natural environment.

Our new multimedia web story, “When Traditions Take a Toll,” showcases the team in action through video, photos, quotes, research results and more:

Click on the image to view the web story.

This Bass Connections project included undergraduate, graduate and medical students and faculty from a range of academic disciplines from evolutionary anthropology to environmental sciences to medicine. Through the Bass Connections program, students apply their knowledge and skills and engage with community partners to explore big questions about major societal challenges.

Learn More about Experiential Learning at DGHI and Duke:

We’re not just collecting data. We’re really formulating new questions and identifying ways to tackle them. We’re immersed in this village. We’re getting to know the people. Ultimately, our goal is really to improve the health of this village.

Charles Nunn, professor of evolutionary anthropology and global health

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