NC Voices: Global Health Connections

Health
7:00 am
Fri July 2, 2010

Waste 2 Watts To Power Medical Devices

The Cell Saver

Rose Hoban reports on some young people who hope to contribute to the future of global health.

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.

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Health
7:00 am
Thu July 1, 2010

Durham Workers Test Condoms for Worldwide Distribution

FHI worker Joseph Galloway detects holes in condoms by filling them with water.
Credit Rose Hoban

Rose Hoban takes a visit to FHI’s product testing lab.

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.  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.  In the next installment of our series, North Carolina Voices, Global Health Comes Home, Rose Hoban takes a visit to FHI’s product testing lab.

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Health
7:00 am
Wed June 30, 2010

Cross-Cultural Research Provides Links to Durham

Study Coordinator Randy Rogers at Juneteenth Festival with research associates Kim Gibson and Alexandria Horne
Credit Rose Hoban

Rose Hoban explores how cross-cultural research can inform the process of working with people in North Carolina.

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.  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.

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Health
7:00 am
Tue June 29, 2010

Overseas Orphan Research Rocks the Conventional Wisdom in the US

Dr Phyllis Crain and one of the residence counselors talks with a boy outside a cottage at Crossnore.
Credit Rose Hoban

Rose Hoban reports for our series, North Carolina Voices, Global Health Comes Home.

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. 

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