Global Health News and Events

Strengthening food security by changing village farming practices in rural Ghana: The Nkabom Organic Farming Project

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, lack of food security is a pervasive and persistent problem, especially in Africa, where roughly 65 percent of nations are the most at risk of food insecurity. A return to traditional farming is gaining more attention, as organic products have been on the rise in Ghana because food safety is a growing priority with more and more consumers in the African nation. Farming methods that respect nature are sustainable and may be the best change for

Feasibility of focused cardiac ultrasound performed at mid-levels of the health care system in Tanzania

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the No. 1 cause of death globally, and three-quarters of all cardiovascular-related deaths occur within low-and-middle-income countries. The burden of CVDs, a rapidly growing epidemic, has become an increasing public health problem in countries such as Tanzania.     

In 2012, the government of Tanzania, Muhimbili National Hospital, MUSC cardiology and other partners joined forces to establish the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI), which now serves as the national referral

Improving quality of life for children with cerebral palsy in Vietnam: implementation of intensive models of rehabilitation Development of a Kenyan stakeholder-informed palliative care research agenda

Over 20 million people worldwide require palliative care each year, yet it is estimated that only 10 percent receive these services. This is a growing concern, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) which accounts for 80 percent of the patients requiring palliative care services to reduce unnecessary pain and suffering.

Developing countries are disproportionately burdened with chronic diseases such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, and cardiovascular disease - major causes of mortality – which place huge demands on already strained health care

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.