Category: Kenya

You are what you eat: One Book One Northwestern panel examines food security and health outcomes

The term “healthcare” often evokes the images of hospitals, doctors, nurses, white coats, test tubes and stethoscopes, but rarely does “food security” make the list. Yet hunger– the result of poor nutritional availability in many impoverished communities– plays a significant role in human development and mortality across the globe. “The whole healthcare system focuses on

Female circumcision: A practice hard to change

Bettina Shell-Duncan, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Washington and a Northwestern University alum, shared her research on female genital cutting in an event on campus Wednesday afternoon. The lecture, sponsored by International Program Development and the Program of African Studies, was entitled “Between Law, Religion and Tradition: Contesting Female Genital Cutting

Northwestern student researches plastic surgery needs in Kenya

When David Grant walked the plastic surgery wards in Kenyan hospitals, he noticed most patients were burn victims. “The high incidence of burn injuries and their acute management forces reconstructive surgeons to turn away other patients with non-burn related reconstructive needs, like cleft lips or cub feet or trauma patients from road traffic accidents,” says

AMPATH: An Academic Partnership Changing Kenya

Counterpart relationships, a community-based approach and a focus on care above all else is what makes AMPATH a success story. The program, which is a partnership between Moi University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya, and a consortium of U.S. medical schools led by Indiana University, is one of

Is Circumcision the Best Way to Prevent HIV in Africa?

Circumcision is the most effective and promising tool that currently exists to prevent the spread of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in developing countries, an international health consultant and medical researcher said at a global health lecture on campus Wednesday afternoon. The lecture, entitled “The Cutting Edge of HIV Prevention in Africa,” was the first of