Office of Global Affairs

Global Health


April 20, 2016

Boosting global health partnerships for Chinese universities

Yinou Li, Director of the China office of the Gates Foundation

Supported by the Global Innovation Fund, a landmark symposium hosted by the UW last week brought together leaders and faculty from five Chinese universities, across the UW campus and the Seattle community. “Collaborating with Chinese colleagues is a tremendously high priority, both personally for faculty and institutionally here at UW,” said Judy Wasserheit, chair of the Department of Global…


March 18, 2016

Center for Global Health Nursing promotes ‘health that transcends borders’

Pam Kohler and Sarah Gimbel

Sarah Gimbel and Pam Kohler co-direct the UW School of Nursing Center for Global Health Nursing. The center pushes for the voices of nurses to be included in global health conversations. The center will support nursing students who want to learn and serve overseas, as well as international students who want to study at the UW. Likewise, a global…


March 16, 2016

Solving the global problem of mental health illness

mental health training in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Professor Deepa Rao and her colleagues say stigma, poor mental health, and substance abuse drive many global health problems, including diabetes, preterm birth, trauma injuries, self-harm and motor vehicle deaths. More than one billion people suffer from a mental health illness or substance abuse problem. “Mental health has been a neglected disease in global health,”…


February 23, 2016

New device shows great promise for in HIV prevention in Africa

Ring in Hands_floral dress

Recent studies in Africa led by University of Washington researchers and others showed that a vaginal ring infused with a microbicide helped prevent HIV infection in more than half of women who used the device correctly. Read more from The Seattle Times… Read more from HS News Beat…


February 4, 2016

Global Health professor to New York Times: “Zika virus a ‘a temperature-driven eruption'”

Kirstine Ebi

Weather and warm temperatures are playing an important role in the spread of Zika virus, says University of Washington professor Kristine Ebi in a recent New York Times article. Read more from the New York Times… Get Zika travel information from the CDC…  Visit UW Global Travelers…


August 13, 2014

Grad student gets Young Investigator Award at International AIDS Conference

Jillian Pintye conducting a condom demonstration at a refugee camp

UW School of Nursing Ph.D. student Jillian Pintye has experience fighting health disparities across the globe. She was recognized at the recent 20th International AIDS Conference for her research investigating connections between male circumcision and disease transmission in Uganda and Kenya. Read a conversation with Jillian Pintye from UW Health Sciences NewsBeat…


July 2, 2014

‘Support global health workers’, urges alumna in TEDx talk

Julia Robinson at TEDxUofW

At last month’s TEDxUofW event, UW alumna Julia Robinson spoke candidly about the importance of human resources in solving global health challenges like AIDS. New technologies are getting a lot of buzz, she told the crowd, but supporting health workers is the best way to solve health challenges globally. “I think technology is amazing, but I also believe……


June 2, 2014

UW researchers find obesity on the rise worldwide

Grocery shopping in Malaysia

In a review of over 1,700 studies from 188 countries, researchers from the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics & Evaluation found that more than two billion people are now obese worldwide. No country has been able to curb rising obesity rates over the past 30 years. Study leader and School of Public Health professor Christopher…


May 5, 2014

Study shows gains in maternal and child health globally

Group of children in Nepal

New data collected by the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) demonstrate sharp declines in maternal and child deaths across the world. Study author Haidong Wang cites education, health innovations and rising income as drivers of improved outcomes for women and children. Read more from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation… 


April 24, 2014

Alum’s smartphone microscopes headed to schools, clinics worldwide

Micro Phone Lens

UW mechanical engineering alumnus Thomas Larson (’13) invented a microscope lens for smartphones while still an undergraduate. Since graduation, he has sold 5,000 of his product, the Micro Phone Lens. The smartphone microscopes are being used in classrooms and in the field around the world. His next step? Working with global health experts to test the Micro Phone Lens…



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