Global Health News and Events

Updates from the Field: MUSC student Elizabeth Slaughter, Uganda


Today we saw a lot of patients with back pain. As occupational therapy (OT) students, we learned a lot in our anatomy and musculoconditions course about the back muscles and how to ergonomically handle daily task management; however, we did not cover many interventions for back pain.

Working with the physical therapy (PT) students on patients with back pain was a

Pharmacy student shows need for effective prescription safety, counseling in Ghana

“I’ve always said that people die a lot in Africa from not knowing enough,” Nana Assah, a third year pharmacy student, explained as what he believes is part of  the cause of the continent’s historic plight. Assah is originally from Ghana, West Africa and, as a native, understands the public health issues populations face in West Africa.  The knowledge gap is glaringly deep and wide, he said. And it is due at little fault to the

21 facts about Ebola virus disease

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MUSC Center for Global Health answers some questions about Ebola Virus Disease with facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

1.       The Ebola virus is not waterborne or airborne.

2.       According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ebola virus can be

MUSC Infectious disease expert treats kids in Haiti

By Helen Adams

It’s a long way from the historic streets of Charleston to the unpaved roads of rural Haiti in more ways than one.  Not only is it a trip of more than a thousand miles; it is also a journey to a country trying to recover from years of government corruption, a devastating 2010 earthquake, a cholera epidemic, and poverty described by the U.S. government as the worst in the Western Hemisphere.

In June, a team of medical students, physicians and other health care providers from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) made that journey on a volunteer

A trip to Morocco changes a dentist's perspective

By Helen Adams

Walter Renne, DMD is fearless when it comes to performing complicated dental procedures on his patients at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Putting his trust in an airplane traveling hundreds of miles an hour is another matter.

“I’m not too used to going places.  I’m scared to fly,” Renne recently said in his office in MUSC’s Division of Restorative Dentistry. He’s not alone.  One

Updates from the field: Caroline West, Tanzania


Jambo everyone!

Greetings from Tanzania! I arrived in Dar es Salaam at 8 o'clock on Monday evening without any travel issues. The visa process was a bit startling, but was handled quickly and was able to meet my boyfriend, David, and my driver outside of the airport. The first night we stayed at the Slipway Hotel—very comfortable—and enjoyed a meal seaside while watching the Germany-Algeria game. We met with Ginny Tuesday morning,

MUSC Center for Global Health to host guest lecturer, Margaret Bentley, PhD

The MaMi Project: HIV, Nutrition and Anti-retroviral Therapy for Mothers and Infants in Malawi

MUSC Center for Global Health would like to invite you to our Global Health Speaker Series event on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 12:00pm in Storm Eye Institute auditorium (HA 809) with

From English to Medicine to Ecuador – one medical student's career path leads to an immersion program in Ecuador

Incoming students will have a great deal to weigh as they plan for the new semester. And there are many questions to be answered before taking the plunge. How am I going to fund my education? What are the mentorship practices at the university? What am I getting myself into? A question that increasingly looms large is whether institutions offer opportunities to learn abroad.

Global presence played a major role in Cameron Jones’s decision to attend the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Medicine.  While comparing medical schools, he found his desire to pursue

MUSC Global Travel: By the numbers

MUSC faculty, staff, trainees and students play important roles in the global health arena. From treating pediatric cerebral palsy patients in Ethiopia to building cardiac catheterization programs in Tanzania, the MUSC community is continually changing what’s possible around the world. MUSC recognized the need for travel

MUSC College of Medicine graduate completes prestigious GE/NMF International Medical Scholars Program

Necessity—truly—is the mother of invention. Consequently, practical and successful interventions are, in most cases, found in the poorest settings around the world where resources are strained. The results of public health and medical interventions abroad account for many best practices for health care systems in the developed world. Treating rare diseases, applying cost-effective tests and procedures, use of appropriate technologies in low resource regions have