By Cyrill Engmann, Clinical Professor of Global Health
Ten years into China's multi-billion dollar investment in health-care reform, the country has made "spectacular" progress on some top public health challenges — including insurance coverage and deaths of children. But it's facing an uphill battle on others, including second-hand smoke and cancer, according to a special China-themed issue on September 28 of the journal The Lancet.
Esther Choo and Andrew Secor, Department of Global Health PhD students in Implementation Science, interned for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation during the summer of 2019. Choo served as part of the Global Delivery Program and Secor worked with the Qualitative Sciences initiative under the Integrated Development Team.
“My main project focused on health systems and seeing if we can draw lessons from past experiences, while also thinking of ways we can improve evaluation methods going forward,” Choo said.
When mosquito season brought past dengue outbreaks to regions across the Asian tropics, Nepal hardly had to worry. The high-altitude Himalayan country was typically too chilly for the disease-carrying insects to live. But with climate change opening new paths for the viral disease, Nepal is now reeling from an unprecedented outbreak.
At least 9,000 people — from 65 of Nepal’s 77 districts — have been diagnosed with dengue since August, including six patients who have died, according to government health data.
By Todd Faubion - Faculty Director for Undergraduate Programs, Global Health
September 14th marked 6 months since Cyclone Idai made landfall on Mozambique’s central coast. In that time, Health Alliance International has worked to bring together multiple partners, including Mozambique’s National and Provincial Health Service to enact both emergency response and long-term resiliency building activities.
In sub-Saharan Africa, many young women and adolescent girls are at high risk of HIV infection. In a new research paper published in the open access journal PLOS Medicine, Kenneth Mugwanya and co-authors report on a study aiming to investigate the feasibility of providing antiretroviral drugs via family planning clinics to prevent HIV infection in young women.
This year, the UW Department of Global Health (DGH) welcomes 65 new graduate students. These newest Huskies hail from 15 different countries (Afghanistan, Canada, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Peru, Rwanda, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda, United States). They join the 139 continuing students already enrolled in Global Health MPH and PhD programs (68 MPH students, 45 PhD in Global health students, and 26 PhD in Pathobiology students).
The University of Washington Tuberculosis Research & Training Center (TRTC) held its fourth annual Tuberculosis Symposium on September 16, 2019. Over 100 researchers from UW, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Stanford University, IHME, and others participated in the symposium. The Symposium, entitled “Innovations to help end the TB epidemic; a new vision for the 21st century,” featured sessions on TB vaccines, the risk of TB disease in children, and TB control interventions, and showcased innovations to help end the TB epidemic, both locally and globally.
Around this time last year, news outlets blared alarming headlines: Breathing the air outside was as bad as smoking several cigarettes. Wildfire haze blotted out the sun and turned the moon orange. Weather apps simply listed the forecast as “smoke.”
Just because this summer has been clear, though, doesn’t mean that the environment is doing just fine.