Global Health News and Events

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

Save the Date: Building Healthy Communities Through Global Innovation & Partnership: November 10th

Call For Student Poster Submissions for MUSC Global & Public Health Symposium

MUSC Global and Public Health Symposium
November 10, 2016

Call for Student Poster Submissions

Abstract Submission Deadline:  September 30, 2016 by 5:00 pm EST

The Department of Public Health Sciences and The MUSC Center for Global Health will be hosting the 2nd annual global and public health symposium on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in the Bioengineering Building. This all-day event is meant to raise awareness of the innovation and partnerships that MUSC and other local South Carolina institutions are making to create healthier global

Survey of HIV Testing at Nairobi VAP Football Tournaments

Despite major progress over the last three decades, HIV/AIDS remains a major health problem in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), of the 35 million people living with HIV in the world, 19 million do not know their HIV status. HIV testing and counseling (HTC) continues to be a vital first step so people who test positive are linked to treatment and care, and those who need antiretroviral therapy (ART) are successfully placed on treatment to achieve viral suppression.

A Preliminary Investigation Of Assets And Challenges Affecting Health And Participation After Spinal Cord Injury In India

Every year between 250,000 and 500,000 people worldwide suffer spinal cord injuries (SCI). Survivors often experience devastating effects related to their physical function, social participation, quality of life and overall health. Many unintended consequences associated with SCI are as a result of inadequate medical care or rehabilitation services or from barriers they experience in the physical, social and policy environments.

As a former rehabilitation nurse, Susan Newman, Ph.D., RN, associate professor in the College of Nursing, is very familiar with the issues facing SCI

Empowering Young Women in Haiti Around Menstruation and Feminine Hygiene

Imagine being a woman without access to hygiene products during menstruation? While hard to fathom, millions of girls and women in low-income countries face this issue every month, preventing them from going to school or work. Without access to feminine hygiene products, or the money to purchase them, women resort to using old rags, mattress foam, newspapers, leaves, even tree bark. These are not only ineffective methods, but leave them vulnerable to disease and infection. Moreover, the stigma and cultural taboos surrounding menstruation in many countries compound the problem, leading

Assessing the Prevalence and Significance of Group B Streptococcal Colonization in Pregnant Ugandan Women

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a common type of bacteria often carried in the intestines or lower genital tract.  Although GBS is usually harmless in healthy adults, it can cause serious complications during pregnancy and serious illness in newborns. GBS is the leading cause of sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis in newborns. About one in four women who carry GBS remain asymptomatic throughout pregnancy.

During the past decade, major initiatives have been initiated to prevent early-onset infection. The goal of these preventive strategies is to reduce or eliminate transmission of GBS to

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