Priority Partnership Locations

Lima, Peru

DGHI’s primary partners in Peru are Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica (ACCA), Peru’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Environment, and the US Naval Medical Research Unit - 6 (NAMRU-6). This site, led by William Pan, supports international field research and educational opportunities throughout Peru. Student programs include the Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America Bass Connections Program, the Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship, and a Duke Engage initiative that will be launched in 2017.

DGHI faculty researchers in Peru use an interdisciplinary approach to understand and examine human health and well-being resulting from complex human-environment dynamics and economic development. Strong community engagement with local leaders and health officials enable an ambitious DGHI research agenda. In the Amazon, research has focused on malaria, toxicology (mercury exposure), malnutrition, cognitive development and chronic diseases following rapid land cover change from gold mining, agricultural development, highway construction and migration. Research has resulted in Peru’s State of Emergency from mercury exposure in Madre de Dios with continued close collaboration with the Ministry of Health. In Lima, researchers in biomedical engineering at Duke's Center for Global Women's Health Technologies are taking an innovative approach to cervical cancer screening and have developed the Point of Care (POCkeT) Colposcope to address the challenges of cervical cancer screening (and subsequent treatment) in resource-limited communities. Duke faculty have partnered with La Liga Contra el Cancer (Peruvian League to Fight against Cancer) and, in 2016, received approval to introduce the POCkeT Colposcope in Peru. Researchers, collaborators, and students are now identifying actions that will maximize adoption of the POCkeT Colposcope.



Duke Faculty & Staff Involved

Research Focus

Population, Health, Environment (PHE), Global Environmental Health, Women’s Health, Global Cancer