Introducing the Duke Student Global Health Review

Peter J Hotez MD PhD1 1Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology, Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics, Director of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, and Dean of the National School of...

Making a true two-way global health partnership in Tanzania

Global health partnerships are often fraught with donor-recipient power dynamics. In Tanzania, Americans are perceived to have “big money, big personalities, and data obsession.” Fighting against these stereotypes, we strove to build an authentic two-way partnership while working with the...

Engaging with the modern stigma of the ancient disease of leprosy

I left for Ecuador thinking two months would be enough to make an impact in a community with leprosy. With centuries of stigma, leprosy proved to be not only a physical disease, but also a social disease that could...

Hidden casualties of war: Cutaneous leishmaniasis and the Syrian civil war

The Syrian civil war has resulted in a public health emergency marked by a rising incidence of infectious diseases, including cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL). Historically endemic in Syria, the number of CL cases has significantly increased as a consequence of...

A longitudinal study examining mental health outcomes by gender for orphaned and separated children...

Sriramkumar Sridharan1, Anna Bensley1, Jin Huh1, and Deepthi Nacharaju1 1Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA Previous studies indicate that orphaned and separated children (OSC) tend to report worse mental and physical health outcomes than their non-OSC counterparts. As part of a...

Obesity’s rise to the top of the policy agenda

With a plethora of health issues competing for the attention of policymakers, the politics of which diseases become national priorities is complex. Why do some health challenges receive broad support from policymakers, while others remain widely ignored?  Introduction Obesity has received...

Tools and methods for zika prevention in Cachoeira, Bahia

Zika virus, which is mainly transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, has become a major health threat in Latin American countries, especially in Brazil. Zika has also been associated with microcephaly, an infant brain abnormality. This project...

Barriers to preventable blindness in Ghana

Two hundred and eighty-five million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide. Thirty-nine million of these people are blind. Ninety percent live in low-income settings (1). Globally, cataracts and glaucoma remain the leading causes of blindness in low-income...