Global Health News and Events

MUSC collaborates with Child Family Health International to expand global health opportunities for students

MUSC Center for Global Health is excited to announce a new partnership with Child Family Health International (CFHI), a leading international non-governmental organization that specializes in providing global health education and training programs for students and universities.  CFHI operates more than 30 community-based programs in 11 countries, including Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and the United States.

This collaboration allows

Pediatric resident reflection from Arusha, Tanzania: Michelle Greene

If you have been in medicine for any length of time, you can probably look back to a handful of moments that impacted you: the anguish of a patient death, having someone look to YOU as their doctor (instead of your attending or your upper level resident), the thrill of encountering a diagnosis you’ve only read about, the joy of curing an illness, the frustration with the healthcare system, the unnerving chaos of an overworked clinic, or a time you felt completely ineffective when treating a patient. Remember all of that? Take that, and cram it…all of it…into a 24 hour period. And then do

Student reflection from Léogâne Haiti: Taylor Ross

An hour after we left our gate at the Fort Lauderdale airport we were still sitting on the tarmac which meant it was about that time when conversations with your plane neighbor commenced. The Haitian-American man next to me jumped right into conversation with the classic question asked to any American on a flight full of Haitians, “Why are you on your way to Haiti?” For the next hour while we waited to take off, he talked, and I did most of the listening as he recapped all the challenges Haiti has had and continues to have. He mentioned everything from the food crises, to educational

RFA for MUSC Student Team at Emory Global Health Case Competition

The MUSC Center for Global Health (CGH) is pleased to announce that MUSC was selected to be one of the 30 university teams competing in the annual International Emory Global Case Competition in March 2019.   This case competition is a unique opportunity for students from multiple universities and disciplines to come together to creatively address critical global health challenges in a competitive and collaborative team-based environment.

 For the fifth year, the CGH will be sponsoring

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