Global Health News and Events

Dean Stuart returns to Africa


International Fresh Fruit Program

Gini Ikwuezunma, MUSC College of Medicine/MSCR Nigerian student, teaches Dr. Johnson's second grade class at the Charleston Development Academy about the 'paw paw' or papaya.  The joint International Fresh Fruit program features fruit indigenous to presenters' native country in order to promote healthy eating along with sharing culture, geography and language.  The students were encouraged to interact throughout the presentation and then share some papaya together.  Even the seeds are left with Dr. Johnson in hopes they can grow a tree by summer's end in the school garden.

COM Student Heads to Clinton Global Intitiative Meeting

From Mia Taylor, MUSC College of Medicine Student:

Project unites Ghana and Charleston

MUSC hosted a special exhibition of images from Ghana, West Africa, as part of its global health strategic initiative.

More than 200 people attended the celebration that Cynthia Cupit Swenson, Ph.D., associate director of MUSC's Family Services Research Center (FSRC), described as a vivacious linking of West African and Lowcountry culture and an introduction of Charlestonians to the village of Okurase in the eastern region of Ghana

MUSC Students Raise Money for Free Clinics

Help MUSC students raise money for CARES, the free medical clinics where they work to provide free medical services to underserved populations in Mount Pleasant and downtown.  Students and doctors offer physical therapy, physician consultations, pharmacy help, and occupational therapy. Check out all the ways you can help support this worthy cause.

Walk for Water March 24

What if you had to walk four miles every day just to have access to water?   That's the average distance that women in developing countries must walk every day to collect water for their family.

It is estimated that over 2.6 billion people globally live without adequate sanitation, and this accounts for 42% of the world's population.

The Suitcase That’s Saving Women’s Lives

What if your carry-on suitcase could save a woman’s life? In the fight against maternal mortality in the developing world, a rugged, portable “Solar Suitcase” is providing reliable electricity to clinics in 17 countries where healthcare workers previously struggled to provide emergency obstetric care by the light of candles, flashlights and mobile phones. The Solar Suitcase powers medical LED lights, headlamps, mobile phones, computers and medical devices. READ MORE

Grand Challenges Canada, Gates Foundation Announce Grants To Develop Portable Diagnostic Tools

The two organizations have invested around US$32 million in the discovery and development of new and improved diagnostic tools to help health workers in developing countries, with the aim of speeding up treatment and saving lives. “Diagnosis is the neglected cousin of prevention and treatment,” said Peter Singer, explaining his interest in diagnostic tools. “More rapid diagnosis of malaria alone could prevent 100,000 deaths a year. We believe this and other life-saving opportunities are within our reach.

MUSC Renews Dental Partnership wtih Mexico

MUSC Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Mark Sothmann; Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (BUAP) Dental School Dean Dr. Jorge Albicker; MUSC President Dr. Ray Greenberg; and College of Dental Medicine Dean Dr. Jack Sanders renew a scientific cooperation agreement between the schools Nov. 21. The collaboration was initiated in 1999 as part of a collaborative effort supporting craniofacial genetics for both BUAP undergraduate and post graduate students in Puebla, Mexico.

World AIDS Day 2011: Working to End the Pandemic