Category: Pediatrics

A Chat with UNICEF’s Whitney Cross

Whitney Cross, the Global Citizen Fellow for Chicago’s regional UNICEF office, recently came to speak to Professor Diamond’s Global Health 390 class about the work that UNICEF does around the world, from trick-or-treat programs to vaccination campaigns. Cross first discovered UNICEF when she researched global efforts to alleviate the poverty in Haiti, after she witnessed

Northwestern takes a field trip to a Baby-Friendly hospital

Early in March, a group of Northwestern students in Professor Young’s “Ecology of infant feeding” class had the chance to visit Advocate Trinity Hospital on the southeast side of Chicago. From the outside, it looks like a regular clinic, but the hospital is really quite special–it’s Baby-Friendly. Shouldn’t all hospitals where mothers deliver be “baby

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

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