Category: Global Health Initiative

Why do certain global health initiatives receive more attention than others?

We have all heard about HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. We have all encountered global health organizations, political agendas, and awareness movements surrounding these and other prominent global health issues. But what about other global health initiatives for polio, obstetric fistulas, pneumococcal diseases, or diarrhea? Though all of these issues are addressed within the global health

Seeking sustainable solutions abroad during med school

Last year, Joseph Brown was working in a tiny emergency room with a single lamp—a lamp he said received electricity about 80 percent of the time. He treated malnutrition, the affects of polio, back pain and wounds from bull goring. After taking a year off from medical school to volunteer in Peru, Brown is encouraging

Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies designs and delivers low-cost medical technologies to partners abroad

On the table in a small office at the Technological Institute on Northwestern’s campus, Matthew Glucksberg, director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (CIGHT), turns over a white padded cloth– something that looks more like a small heating pad than what it is: a blanket for newborn infants. When he flips a

Applying What We Learn Abroad Back Home

If you’ve spent time in the field of global health, you’ve probably been asked the question, “Why focus your time internationally, when there is so much need here at home?” While it is an interesting and certainly important question, I think it rests on an assumption that is fundamentally flawed. Quite simply, the question creates