Research News


Multimedia Feature Showcases Student Research in Peru

December 13, 2016

This past summer, a Bass Connections in Global Health team led by William Pan, assistant professor of global environmental health, worked in two areas of northwest Peru to answer the major questions of how humans and the environment interact and how those interactions influence health outcomes. Our new multimedia web story showcases the team in action through video, photos, team member profiles and more.


Researchers Aim to Make Cervical Cancer Screening Accessible to All

December 13, 2016

Cervical cancer, a common cause of cancer-related deaths in low and middle income countries, is easily treated if detected early. But there are many barriers to screening and treating women, including limited access to clinics, shortage of pathologists and lack of equipment such as colposcopes.


Peru's State of Emergency Is Over: Now What?

December 13, 2016

The publication of DGHI research about the health effects caused by mercury exposure resulting from gold mining along the Madre de Dios River prompted the Peruvian government to declare a state of emergency in the region. In the six months since that declaration, little official action has been taken, though the Minister of Health is committed to working with DGHI research teams to examine possible interventions. 


New DGHI Policy Center to Address the Future of Global Health Financing

December 06, 2016

A new policy lab that launched last week at the Duke Global Health Institute will identify, prototype and model solutions that target financing to improve the health of the world’s poor. The Center for Policy Impact in Global Health will address three significant gaps in global health financing.

WISH Report

Investments in Health Return Great Economic Benefits

December 06, 2016

Aid donors and governments of low- and middle-income countries can boost economic prosperity by investing in cost-effective health interventions, concludes a new report co-authored by researchers at Duke, the University of California, San Francisco, and Imperial College London.


DGHI Research Roundup: November 2016

December 06, 2016

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


Investing in Pediatric Surgery Makes Economic Sense

November 29, 2016

Commentary: Imagine that your child needs to have surgery. You’d do anything possible to get her the care she needs, right? You’d make appointments with specialists and schedule the surgery as soon as possible at your local hospital—or maybe travel to one that specializes in your child’s health problem.