As it turns out, DGHI's founding director, Mike Merson, isn't quite done establishing global health institutes! He's been appointed as the inaugural director of the new SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute. He'll still keep his DGHI faculty appointment, but we wish him all the best in this new adventure! Learn more: https://nus.edu/2xu1xGh
In an op-ed on Global Health NOW, "Do We Have a Right to Surgery? The Case for Access to All," a Duke alum and Duke neurosurgery resident write, "The saying goes, 'Health is wealth.' But it should be 'Health is life.' What value is one’s freedom if they are sick, disabled, debilitated, and not able to live life to its fullest?" Not only is access to surgery a right, but it's a cost-effective public health investment. Worth a read!
For families living in rural communities, traveling to the nearest health center can be an hours-long trek. Zambia is experimenting with a simple yet brilliant solution for getting children with malaria timely care--bicycle ambulances. And it's working: they've helped cut the malaria death rate by 96%!
Nice to see global health major Jesse Mangold featured in the Duke Research blog last week! Jesse traveled to Honduras in 2017 with DGHI's Student Research Training Program and has since found his research "home" at Duke studying HIV and cytomegalovirus with DGHI affiliate Sallie Permar.
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Amazing what can happen when faculty and students in medicine, biomedical sciences, biology, global health, chemistry and math team up to solve a global health problem! This team saw an opportunity to develop an mHealth app to rapidly identify and reach under-immunized children in Honduras. Fast-forward a couple years, and their goal is now a reality. And better yet, it's working! https://bit.ly/2OCu3f6
Congratulations to Junjian Gaoshan, MS'14, on being selected as one of the Asia Society's 2018 Asia 21 Young Leaders, a network of young professionals from across the Asia Pacific region who represent the new generation of leaders in government, business, arts, media, and the nonprofit sector. "Leadership means compassion for the most marginalized community members," he said. "They define how much your work will make a difference and how long your work’s impact will sustain."