Global Health News and Events

When getting to your next medical school class means an 8,000-mile trip

This Friday, three Medical University of South Carolina students begin a journey that will end more than 8,000 miles from Charleston in the East African country of Tanzania. They’re headed to Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, which sits on the coast of the Indian Ocean. They’ll also spend time in a rural clinic that has a research site run by MUSC and the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences focused on large-scale community-based prevention and care programs.

Emergency Medicine resident's reflection from Masindi, Uganda: Kyle Embertson

Here I went, into the depths of Uganda. A place I had never been and had heard very little about. The project goal boiled down to creating a curriculum for our medical students who visit One World Health Masindi Kitara Medical Center (MKMC) with the goal of eventually building a sustainable shared curriculum that can be utilized by both the visiting medical students and also by the medical officers and other staff at MKMC.

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.

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.

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.

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 2020. 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.

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.

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.     

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.