Category: Maternity Health

Participating in the 4th Annual Intramural Global Health Case Competition

On February 18, 2017, Northwestern held its 4th Annual Global Health Case Competition (NUGHCC). Graduate and undergraduate students from various disciplines come together and respond to 21st century global health challenges by developing innovative solutions. Every year, a different “case,” is presented: these could range from infant HIV testing in Tanzania to drug crimes in

From Policy to Practice: Body Autonomy and Breastfeeding in the Workplace

How do policies surrounding breastfeeding affect women in the workforce? It is not hard to imagine the difficulties – or rather, impossibility – of breastfeeding without the proper facilities, privacy, or policies in the workplace. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 79% of women breastfeed after giving birth, however only 49%

Can human milk deactivate Zika virus?

On February 1, 2016 the WHO officially declared the Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern after microcephaly and other neurological disorders became associated with the latest outbreak of the virus. Fifty-three countries have reported an outbreak since 2015, and the CDC reports that there have been 4973 total cases in the United

Meet Sera Young: anthropologist studying undernutrition in low-resource settings

  Dr. Young joined the Northwestern Department of Anthropology and Program in Global Health Studies this year. Her work focuses on maternal and child undernutrition in low-resource settings, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. “Everything I do focuses on what you call ‘the first thousand days,’ which is the year before delivery and the two years after. The