Global Health News and Events

MUSC professor evaluates impact of HIV testing programs in East and West Africa

To find solutions to twenty-first century public health problems, collaboration is more important than ever. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) lists “teamwork” as its first example of an approach to improving health care coordination. This shift from volume-based to value-based care is firmly taking hold, albeit with the rightful nudge from government and consumer advocates.

The necessary evaluation components of public health and medical programs often require global,

Video: Experts at MUSC talk Ebola preparedness

Ebola Virus Disease has claimed more than 6,300 lives and is still raging through West Africa. Although public health and medical experts have improved some of the conditions and there is noticeable progress in the affected countries, risks still abound. Experts at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) outlined the risks, strategies to mitigate these risks, and the need for appropriate public health preparedness and response. To view recommendations

Reflections from the field: Theresa Cantu, Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences doctoral student - Kruger National Park, S. Africa

Loskop Dam, South Africa – Fish Fieldwork 7/26/14-8/1/14
This particular week was one of the most challenging experiences that I’ve had as a graduate student. It was both physically and mentally exhausting. In graduate school, you learn to critically think about problems and solve them using logical methods; I utilized this skill many times during dissections due to working in an unfamiliar environment.  When we first began necropsies, we had a hard time deciding between which fish to target – in this particular area all of

MUSC professor uses statistical modeling to design public health interventions in East Africa

Limits in public funding do not stop academic institutions from investing human and financial resources in research, if not to seek larger funds, to create momentum in boosting scientific innovation. “One of the main challenges sustaining my global health project in Ethiopia was securing some type of funding,” said Mulugeta Gebregziabher, PhD, Associate Professor of biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). “When you have funding and

MUSC student takes leap of faith on HIV/AIDS program in South Africa

By Matthew Husband

Molweni! My name is Matthew Husband and I am a first year Occupational Therapy Student at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Before arriving on campus, I had the opportunity to intern for a year with a non-profit organization, Grassroot Soccer (GRS) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. GRS uses the power of soccer to teach kids about HIV and AIDS. South Africa has the largest percentage of individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the world—a total of

Lessons from the field: Vasanthan Kuppuswamy, second year medical student

By Vasanthan Kuppuswamy

During the summer of 2013, following my first year as a medical student in the College of Medicine, I traveled to a small rural village in Krishnagiri District, Tamil Nadu, India, to both volunteer with a non-profit organization called the Pallavaram Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) and conduct a research study related to the work of this organization through the Department of Pediatrics.  I have worked as a volunteer for PCMC, an organization founded by Dr. Athi Narayan, a neonatologist practicing in Atlanta, GA, for many years now.   Although the

Guidance for Ebola-affected countries

Since March 2014, West African (Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia) countries experienced the largest outbreak of Ebola in history.  Soon after the World Health Organization declared the end of the Ebola outbreak in these countries, new cases of Ebola were reported in Guinea late November 2015.  The health systems in these West African countries continue to monitor for new cases and to exercise preemptive action to prevent transmission.    

While the CDC has lifted the high level travel warnings to these countries, there remains an ongoing low level risk of exposure to Ebola in these

MUSC Ebola Panel Discussion
MUSC professor works to reduce mental health toll of global crises

The behavioral fallout from the current Ebola crisis has created a historic and consequential dilemma for the global mental health and public health communities. Computational models to track the Ebola crisis provide forecasts of death tolls by scenario, but human behavior cannot be adjusted for given the misinformation, hysteria, and superstition brooding over communities in West Africa and around the world. The nature of crises—war, disease, famine—is dire, but in the advent of modern technologies and

MUSC medical student forgoes ecological research for global medicine career

Another cold, dreary day goes by and Susan Linn, second year medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), hears of another preventable death. Had the only clinic on the island where she worked been staffed the decedent would have received much needed treatment. Alcoholism ravages the island—it is hard to discern the causal relationship between heavy consumption and mental illness in either direction. Public health education is nonexistent. The healthcare system is almost irremediably splintered. The North Slope of Alaska may have public health conditions comparable

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