Category: Global Initiatives

NU-AID establishes new site in Oaxaca

For more than 10 years, the Northwestern University Alliance for International Development (NU-AID) has been sending medical students to Latin America to provide care for underserved populations. This past summer, for the first time, 10 students traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico to establish a new project site. “Prior to this trip we were going twice a

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

Initiative addresses maternity care concerns in Tanzania

Imagine being pregnant, without a car and more than six miles away from the nearest hospital. This is the reality for many women living in rural north-central Tanzania. As a result, giving birth can be dangerous and even fatal. But, global public health agendas, like the Safe Motherhood Initiative and 2015 Millennium Development Goals, have

Halting pandemics in their tracks: EpidemicIQ

Students of Global Health 301: Introduction to International Public Health had the chance Thursday morning to talk to alumnus and researcher Lalith Polepeddi about his work tracking and preventing epidemics. The talk, which took place in Northwestern’s Frances Searle building and was attended by about 40 students, focused on Polepeddi’s work at Global Viral Forecasting,