Category: Global Health Studies

Working on a project that matters where it matters most

This post was originally published on International Program Development’s NU in South Africa blog. Blogger Sarah Uttal is wrapping up her time in South Africa on IPD’s Global Healthcare Technologies program at the University of Cape Town and reflects on how her group’s work had an immediate positive impact on a primary care facility in

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

A Lesson in Collaboration: NU’s First Case Competition

Eight teams of undergraduate and graduate students participated in Northwestern University’s first Global Health Case Competition this past weekend, each giving a 15-minute presentation on how to decrease pneumonia-related deaths in children 0-5 in Uganda. For the week leading up to the competition, 40 undergraduate and graduate students, split into teams that represented at least

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

Western Misconceptions Regarding Female Genital Cutting

I took a class last Spring titled Global Bioethics, in which we discussed controversial health topics and their ethical implications. What I found most fascinating was the topic of female genital cutting, or FGC. Although it was something I had only briefly heard about before, what I knew about FGC led me to believe it