Global Health Leaders Start Here

REPOST: PC #GlobalHealth student @helenamerk, a member of the @duke_deid team in northern #Madagascar to design a #cleanwater pipeline for a small village whose current only source is a polluted river. She writes: A major goal of our trip was establishing a Water Association for Manantenina, to ensure the sustainability of our project. In order for a tap network to last for decades, proper repairs and rules must be in place. This picture depicts Donatien and Bi working late into the night. The association was tasked with the logistical nightmare of taxation. Not only does the village not currently have a form of taxation, but money management techniques are poor. This lack of an existing taxation system made this meeting even more challenging.

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REPOST @sadlersammie: For the next two and a half weeks, I‘ll be here in Uganda conducting infection control research with DGNN in a local neurosurgery ward ❤ Thank you to @dukebassconnections and the Follow-On Research Scholarship for making this work possible!

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Duke #GlobalHealth and literature undergrad Valentina Alvarez was doing fieldwork in San Andrés Semetabaj, Guatemala. Under the supervision of biomedical engineering and global health professor Nimmi Ramanujam, Valentina taught a women’s STEM empowerment curriculum at an all-girls’ boarding school. Before the trip, she was nervous that things might not go as planned; once she arrived, she realized that things rarely did, but that was okay. “I discovered that it was okay to cut class a little short if it meant spending more time bonding with the girls after school. I learned that going beyond teaching and being their friend was the most fulfilling aspect of our trip. The strong relationships that I established with the girls made the Institute feel like home after only a few weeks.” Check out Valentina (third from right) showing off the armband-flashlight built by one of her ninth grade project groups (pictured here). Click the link in our profile to read more student fieldwork reflections!

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MK Kim, a #DukeMScGH student, is currently in Luweero District, Uganda doing fieldwork. MK is collecting baseline (pre-intervention) data from an ongoing project called Paper EMR (Electronic Medical Records). When asked what the best piece of advice she got was while preparing for her fieldwork, she responded, ““Expect the unexpected!” I cannot stress this advice enough. For me, the data collection wasn’t the hardest and got easier with time. But staying in local hotels, eating local food, having no electricity and being alone are things that I didn't expect to be difficult.” Here, MK is collecting Maternal Register data from the Ugandan Ministry of Health. The Maternal Register is an official book for each health facility to record all birth/delivery information at the facility.

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Hi everyone. My name is Beth Eanelli (@beth.eanelli) and I am a Masters student at #DGHI currently completing my summer fieldwork in The Gambia. This opportunity has been wonderful in so many ways but especially because it has allowed me the chance to come back to the country that hosted me as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2013-2015. I’ve been able to reconnect with the people and places I’ve missed since returning back to the US while also conducting research in a place that I’ve become so familiar with. 
Pictured is the sunset view from the compound where I lived for 2 years, in the very East of the country right near the Senegalese border. I was able to go back to visit my host community right when I arrived in Mid May. 
Life, research and work this summer have been a little different from the ebb and flow of village life but it’s been interesting to see the country in a new way while doing research. 
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#MScGH student Jessica Choi is doing fieldwork in Kapit, Sarawak, Malaysia (a rural town reachable only by a three-hour boat ride from Sibu, the closest city!). She is working with the local medical team on a rapid diagnostic tool for melioidosis, a tropical disease prevalent only in Malaysia and northern Australia. “I am excited that on behalf of the Duke Global Health Institute, I’m serving as a bridge, both physically and metaphorically, between a resource-rich country and a limited resource country to supply a novel melioidosis diagnostic tool to a place where it is most needed,” she said. Here, Jessica (second from left) discusses the molecular laboratory set up in Kapit Hospital. PC: #DGHI professor Greg Gray

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In the latest of our #BeyondDuke series highlighting Duke alumni, we’re featuring Nicole Savage ’15. Nicole works in global health policy and advocacy at the @unfoundation in Washington, DC, and spent the first half of the year supporting several new initiatives at @WHO in Geneva, Switzerland. Later this summer, she’ll be moving to Dakar, Senegal to work with @PSIimpact as a @princetoninafrica fellow, doing data analysis and M&E for global health programs across West and Central Africa.
“Working in global health and international development has been such a rewarding experience. I love being able to travel the world while helping to strengthen the systems and policies that keep people safe and healthy. My time at @dukeghi and @duke_sanford both inspired and prepared me to pursue this type of work, and I can’t imagine doing anything else in my post-grad career.” — Nicole Savage ⭐️🤗👍#DukeIsEverywhere #PictureDuke #DukeDifference (PC: @n_sav)
We asked 1st-year MS student Loren Barcenas (left), currently doing fieldwork in Moshi, #Tanzania, what was the most useful thing she packed for her trip this summer. Her response was practical: a second phone! “Many locals have two or three cell phones to be able to use different SIM cards for better cell service in different areas. Having one phone with a Tanzanian SIM card allows me to make local phone calls and buy data for internet access so I can use my phone as a hotspot when I don't have WiFi available.” Here, she’s discusses updates on ongoing research projects with Sister Amina and other Tanzanian collaborators in a weekly team meeting. We’re loving the #DGHI t-shirt, @lorenk732!

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#DukeMScGH student Julie Zemke prepares NIOSH 2-stage aerosol samplers for detecting influenza viruses from inside a poultry farm in Sibu, #Malaysia. PC: #DGHI professor Greg Gray, Julie's faculty mentor. 
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Now this is our kind of office! #GlobalHealth course profs Guus ten Asbroek of & Truls Obstye of #DGHI grade final exams in Galle, Sri Lanka. Students were busy working on group projects & final presentations. The course--a pilot being offered for the first time to a small group of students--is now over, and it sounds like it was a roaring success! PC/Twitter repost: Amanda Kelso of @dukeglobaled.
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Ever wonder about the history of the July 4th tradition of #fireworks? Here’s the scoop: On July 8, 1776, the first public readings of the Declaration were held in Philadelphia's Independence Square to the ringing of bells and band music. One year later, on July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked Independence Day by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells and fireworks. The custom eventually spread to other towns, where the day was marked with processions, oratory, picnics, contests, games, military displays and fireworks. Observations throughout the nation became even more common at the end of the War of 1812 with Great Britain. [Thanks, @pbs #ACapitolFourth!] Hope you find a glorious fireworks display near you tonight! #ButBeSafe #IndependenceDay
REPOST @tponepal: Dr. Tony V Pham, MD, @dukeghi gave a presentation on
July 20, 2018

Big shout-out to WISER, a unique secondary school for girls in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, as they reach another big milestone: their 5th graduating class! Co-founded by DGHI prof Sherryl Broverman, the school provides a holistic education as well as other resources ranging from clothes, books and safe housing to leadership training, career counseling and academic tutoring. Many global health students have been a part of the school's history through dukeengage, and one of our rockstar grads, Zack...

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July 19, 2018

ON THE BLOG: Global health student Tiff Jiang reflects on her co-worker's relationship with a young boy and wonders whether her fieldwork is actually making a difference in Mityana District, Uganda.

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July 18, 2018

Great to hear another fascinating story from the field, where DGHI doctoral scholar Jacqueline Gerson is working with two undergrads are studying the impacts of artisanal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon!

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July 17, 2018

New Lancet Global Health commentary from the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health: Proper tracking of aid for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health is an essential tool in reaching a few of the SDG targets--but doing so has been challenging. What can we do to improve?

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July 16, 2018

ON THE BLOG: Rising senior global health student Emily Nagler is spending her summer as an intern on the Universal Access Project at the UN Foundation in Washington, DC. She has mixed feelings about her experience--read why:

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July 13, 2018

Check out this cool global health-themed graphic novel created as part of Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University's Story+ summer program! Three students tell a sweeping story of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, based on materials from the Maria de Bruyn archive in Duke's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Duke University Libraries Duke Health Humanities Lab

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