NC Voices: Global Health Connections http://wunc.org en Waste 2 Watts To Power Medical Devices http://wunc.org/post/waste-2-watts-power-medical-devices <p></p><p>In the past, global health work tended to be limited to doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. But engineering plays a role in health care around the world. From infrastructure projects, to supporting medical equipment, engineers are becoming an essential part of the global health landscape. Fri, 02 Jul 2010 11:00:00 +0000 Rose Hoban 17230 at http://wunc.org Waste 2 Watts To Power Medical Devices Durham Workers Test Condoms for Worldwide Distribution http://wunc.org/post/durham-workers-test-condoms-worldwide-distribution <p></p><p>When people think of global health, they might picture heroic doctors or selfless nurses. But many others work behind the scenes in global health, doing work that’s much less sexy, but equally essential.&nbsp; Some of those people work here in the Triangle in a lab that tests life-preserving and life-saving products shipped around the world. Central to their work is testing condoms for safety and effectiveness.&nbsp; In the next installment of our series, North Carolina Voices, Global Health Comes Home, Rose Hoban takes a visit to <a href="http://www.fhi360.org/">FHI</a>’s product testing lab. Thu, 01 Jul 2010 11:00:00 +0000 Rose Hoban 17239 at http://wunc.org Durham Workers Test Condoms for Worldwide Distribution Cross-Cultural Research Provides Links to Durham http://wunc.org/post/cross-cultural-research-provides-links-durham <p></p><p>Drug treatments for HIV have given new hope to patients with the virus. But the Holy Grail for researchers is finding a way to prevent HIV from being transmitted in the first place. Scientists are testing vaccines, drugs, gels that kill the virus – all without success. The only way to prevent HIV transmission – still – is to convince people to change their behavior. And that’s not easy.&nbsp; A group of people in Durham are trying to find better methods for HIV prevention – and they’re using techniques refined by researchers working in other cultures. Wed, 30 Jun 2010 11:00:00 +0000 Rose Hoban 17249 at http://wunc.org Cross-Cultural Research Provides Links to Durham Overseas Orphan Research Rocks the Conventional Wisdom in the US http://wunc.org/post/overseas-orphan-research-rocks-conventional-wisdom-us <p></p><p>When you say the word ‘orphanage’ what comes to mind for many people, are gloomy places of abuse and neglect, where kids are warehoused after losing family. For years, the assumption has been that foster families provide better care for kids in need than any institution could. But new research from overseas is challenging those beliefs – findings that kids in orphanages can do as well or better as kids taken into families. Now, that research is being embraced in the U S. And it’s starting to influence the policy dialogue about what to do with kids who need care outside their homes.&nbsp; Tue, 29 Jun 2010 11:00:00 +0000 Rose Hoban 17251 at http://wunc.org Overseas Orphan Research Rocks the Conventional Wisdom in the US