This year, the UW Department of Global Health (DGH) welcomes 68 new graduate students. These newest Huskies hail from Seattle and across the USA, as well as international students from 13 different countries (Cameroon, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe).
Born during the Second Congo War, Sabrina Ebengho grew up in Équateur province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) before immigrating to the United States at the age of 13. Sabrina is now pursuing her education at the University of Washington, and is among the first undergraduate Public Health-Global Health majors completing the Global Health option. In the future, she seeks to improve access to quality healthcare for all in the DRC and beyond, focusing on women, adolescents, and children’s health, and education.
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Bill Gates Sr., who played a pivotal role in the creation of our UW Department of Global Health (DGH) in 2007, and continued to be a staunch and vocal advocate for the Department and our work to improve health and health equity around the world. DGH was launched through a generous gift and endowment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that he spearheaded.
UW MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness Changes Name to UW Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness to Reflect an Inclusive Approach
The University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness, a collaboration of scientific experts from 11 UW organizations, has announced today that the initiative will change its name and will be known as the UW Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness, effective immediately. The renaming reflects the evolution of the initiative and its vision for the future.
Named after Dr. King Holmes, professor of medicine and global health, and founding chair of the Department of Global Health, this 3-year rotating award recognizes and supports a faculty member with exceptional commitment to STD/HIV research and training.
New partnership to give Mozambique’s highest risk spaces a new attitude toward COVID-19
As COVID-19 cases climb in South Africa, neighboring Mozambique’s Ministry of Health, with support from Health Alliance International & Vital Strategies, is working to transform public spaces from high-risk to high-compliance when it comes to protecting against community transmission of COVID-19.
With funding from the John E. Fogarty International Center and National Institutes of Health (NIH FIC), a landscape architect and architect will receive one-year research training scholarships to improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia in Peru. These scholarships will go to one Peruvian and one American built environment designer, who will be mentored by Dr.
Preventing HIV in Uganda: Increasing Access to Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Among People Who Inject Drugs
A new grant will help deliver HIV prevention services to people in Uganda who are injecting drugs.
Renee Heffron and Andrew Mujugira are key personnel on the grant, which will support research through 2025. The project will implement pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), train a mental health staff, and also include project implementation, data collection, stakeholder engagement, and dissemination of the results to communities.
UW Team Developing Model to Help Lower COVID-19 Infections in King County, Guide Eventual Vaccine Distribution (Includes Judy Wasserheit and Jennifer Ross)
Policymakers continue to have uncertainties on how to answer important questions about the novel coronavirus — such as when and how to reopen businesses and schools, and how to distribute a vaccine once one becomes available.
Now a University of Washington team has received a $33,000 grant to develop a model that uses local data to generate policy recommendations that could help lower COVID-19 infections in King County.
Kenneth Mugwanya, an assistant professor of global health at the University of Washington School of Public Health, and his research team have received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to test the effectiveness of integrating methods of HIV prevention into sexual and reproductive health services for women in Kenya.