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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. 

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.

DGHI interns stand by a bench that reads "TROSA" in Durham.

Global Health is Local Too

August 08, 2019

Rachel Baber (C'20), Gabrielle Zegers (C’19), and Ashley Wilson (C’20) have been working all summer at the Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, Inc., better known as TROSA.

Research Roundup

DGHI Research Roundup: June 2019

June 29, 2019

Forty-seven DGHI-affiliated authors—including faculty, staff and alumni—recently shared new discoveries on a variety of global health topics in peer-reviewed publications.

Person with Cell Phone

Mining Text Messages for Digital Health Insights

June 20, 2019

Eric Green, assistant professor of global health and co-founder of Nivi, a startup that addresses sexual and reproductive health in Kenya and India, recently led a user engagement analysis of their app, askNivi, using text mining to glean insights that will be instrumental in guiding future product development.