Global Health News and Events

Resident Reflection from Masindi, Uganda: Nima Golchin

When the opportunity came up to travel to Uganda for this rotation, I knew that I had to do what was necessary to go.  I found the idea of traveling to Africa intriguing – I have traveled extensively, but I had yet to travel to anywhere in Africa.  One hears about the challenges of healthcare in developing countries and I knew that I had to see and feel those differences first hand to be able to say that I had a true, organic understanding of them.  There are not many opportunities for global experiences in radiology and it was exciting to be able to have this global experience while

Center for Global Health 2018 Travel Grant Finalists Announced

Marissa Di Napoli, College of Medicine
Project: "Oral HIV Self Testing in Tanzania"

While HIV testing rates are fairly high among women in Tanzania due to HIV testing and counseling during antenatal care, HIV testing rates are much lower among men. According to a recent Demographic and Health Survey, approximately 40 percent of men in Tanzania have ever been tested for HIV compared to nearly 60 percent of women.  Melissa Di Napoli, a first year medical student, will

Tanzania elective travel grant RFA for fourth year medical students

This course is a four-week clinical elective during Block 8 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and designed for fourth-year medical students with a genuine interest in global health and in caring for underserved populations.  This rotation will expose the student to 1) medical care at a national hospital (Muhimbili National Hospital) in a developing country which has recently invested in an advanced cardiac center and 2) participation in

Could you live on $1.90 a day?

In Charleston, South Carolina, where a bus ride is two dollars for a one-way trip and the cheapest apartments go for hundreds of dollars a month, the idea of living on $1.90 a day is hard to swallow.

“You can think of it as extreme poverty,” said Chris Elias, president for global development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, during his keynote speech at the Medical University of

MUSC Global Health Week: March 26-30th

Imagine a world where every person has access to health care.  Where malaria has been eradicated. Where hundreds of millions of people no longer suffer from TB. Where no mother or child dies from preventable causes.  From soccer to point of care diagnostics, a growing number of innovative interventions are improving access to high-quality health care for vulnerable populations worldwide. Don’t miss this weeklong series of events, sponsored by the MUSC Center for Global Health, to hear leaders in the field discuss how they are tackling unique global health challenges.

The Post & Courier: Do no harm? The pros and cons of short term missions

As a Peace Corps volunteer, Ginny Fonner worked in a rural village in Zambia, a southern African country with a severe shortage of doctors. While there, a short-term mission group visited. Their goal: distribute medicines to fight intestinal worms. “It’s a great goal. Worms are a big problem,” she said during a recent global health symposium at the Medical University of South Carolina. “So they spent day after day going to schools, distributing treatments, feeling really good about it." Except for one thing.

Global partners come together to combat heart disease in East Africa

Ebola. Zika. HIV. Malaria. Tuberculosis. These diseases dominate headlines and present serious public health issues in developing countries. Yet heart disease, once thought to affect only wealthy countries, is a rapidly growing epidemic in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).  Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the No. 1 cause of death globally,

MUSC Center for Global Health awarded $3.1 million NIH grant to study an integrated approach to HIV prevention

The Medical University of South Carolina Center for Global Health has received a $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study an integrated approach to screening and treatment for HIV, diabetes and hypertension in Tanzania. In an earlier pilot study, this approach resulted in a 97 percent increase in HIV testing over twelve months. This new, five-year trial is a collaborative effort between MUSC, Clemson University and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania.

Ashley Hall Students Reflect on MUSC Global Health Symposium

Teachers at Ashley Hall are always looking for innovative learning opportunities for their students.  That’s one of the many reasons Allison Bowden and Patricia Kamua brought 51 high school students from their honors biology and chemistry classes to MUSC’s Global and Public Health Symposium this winter.  Students had the chance to hear from world-renowned experts in the field about many of the facets affecting global health - from socio-economics, cultural challenges to

Building Healthy Communities Through Global Innovation and Partnership

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Location: MUSC Bioengineering Building Auditorium BEB 110

8:45 am             Registration and Coffee

9:15 am             Welcome

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