Drs. Mmbaga and Staton Tackle Injury Research in Tanzania

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Congratulations to longtime Duke-KCMC collaborator and partner Dr. Blandina Mmbaga on her role as Program Director of the newly formed Trauma Research Capacity Building in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (TRECK) program. Along with GHP aluma Dr. Catherine Staton, Dr. Mmbaga will lead this program designed to train post-graduate students in injury prevention research and teach them about disabilities resulting from traumatic injuries in LMICs.  Read the full story on the DGHI news page here.
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Duke’s Global Partnerships Shine Bright as part of Global COVID Coalition

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A recent webinar from the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition highlights the strength of Duke's global partnerships with two of our major collaborating institutions, Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania. The webinar, entitled "Setting up biorepositories and increasing sequencing capacity to respond to SARS COV 2 in LMICS"  , was written by Dr. Blandina Mmbaga, a member of the Coalition's Virology, Immunology and Diagnostics working group and a pediatrician and researcher at KCMC in Moshi, Tanzania.  Dr. Chris Woods is co-chair of this group which also includes Dr. Kirtika Patel from one of Duke's longest standing partners, Moi University in Kenya.  The focus of the webinar is the role that biorepositories play in sample preservation, storage and sequencing capabilities in low resource settings…
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Global Health and Cardiology: a commentary in BMJ

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Congratulations to Drs. Gerald Bloomfield, Waseem Akhter and Titus N'geno for their recently published commentary, "Global Health: Where do cardiologists fit in?" in the BMJ Heart. Dr. Jerry Bloomfield is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke, an HYC Faculty member and a 2012 GHP graduate. Dr. Titus N'geno is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke, a graduate of the MSc-GH program and a current cardiovascular fellow in the GHP.  Dr. Waseem Akhter is a Clinical Associate in the Duke Department of Medicine and a graduate of the MSc-GH program.
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Dr. Lauren Franz Examines Telehealth as a Research Tool in the US and South Africa

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Dr. Lauren Franz, a Global Health Pathway alumna and Duke Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was recently published in the journal Autism. Her work explored how telehealth has been an important tool for behavioral intervention during the COVID-19 pandemic in both the United States and South Africa. She and her team also looked at how telehealth may or may not be equitable and available to geographically and socio-economically diverse participant groups.  By examining the short comings and the strengths of research by telehealth, Dr. Franz hopes to find more ways telehealth can work for families around the world and bridge the "digital divide".
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Looking Forward

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By John Bonnewell, Infectious Disease Fellow, Moshi, Tanzania I was coming home to see my partner, who I had not seen in months, but I became trapped in situ due to this crisis. While I enjoyed this uniquely special but frightening time with her in Rhode Island, I soon became anxious to be involved in this response—as an infectious diseases physician, it was simultaneously my nightmare, responsibility, and passion. I came back to Durham quickly to assist in the response at Duke, and I was deeply anxious to contribute. Sadly, I was quarantined and thus felt quite sidelined in that process. The sense of duty remained. I am now engaged in a biomarker study for COVID-19 patients, and I am preparing myself to lead on general medicine and infectious diseases…
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Making an Impact

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By Amadea Britton, Med/Peds, Mwanza, Tanzania Although shorter than expected due to COVID, my experience was no less impactful. I was able to work closely with Dr. Kristin Schroeder’s local pediatric oncology team which has over 75 pediatric patients in active chemotherapy. The longitudinal program and capacity-building surrounding pediatric oncology are transformational. Being abroad at the onset of a truly unprecedented global event has given me a lens few of my colleagues have about the COVID crisis. The entire catchment area of Bugando Medical Center (over 17 million people) has fewer than 20 ventilators and there are two pediatric ventilators. There is almost no PPE available and limited hand sanitizer. I can viscerally understand the consequences of what this pandemic means beyond our borders. I will be thinking of the…
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