The UW’s new Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents and Children (Global WACh) wants to help researchers overcome a daunting task – seeking solutions across generations. Global WACh officially launches Dec. 8 with a campus event featuring speaker Leslie Mancuso, CEO of the health advocacy group Jhpiego.
When people fall ill in northern Ethiopia, theyre more inclined to call a priest than a doctor. Nancy Andrews has been convincing religious leaders to embrace medicine to prevent the spread of HIV and increase care for those infected.
Paul Yager, chair of the Bioengineering Department at the University of Washington, leads several subcontractors in two major grants totaling up to $26 million pushing the envelope on paper-based diagnostics. Their hope is that in two to three years, people miles from a lab will be able to cough, spit or urinate on a piece of paper, upload the image on a cell phone and get lab-quality results for a range of illnesses.
A UW-led study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases shows a troubling link between hormonal contraception and HIV. The study is getting widespread press coverage because of the popularity of injectable birth control like Depo-Provera in parts of Africa hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic.
In a recently released mapping study by the Washington Global Health Alliance and the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Opportunity, UW emerges as a major leader of global health in Washington state.
Intensive counseling on the importance of adhering to HIV treatment significantly reduces poor compliance and treatment failure in sub-Saharan Africa, according to an article in PLoS Medicine March 1 by UW researcher Michael Chung and colleagues.
More than 200 students from disciplines across campus have enrolled in an intro course in global health offered for the first time this quarter.
International efforts are directed at maternal and child health, food and water security, injury control, medications, tropical medicine, and implementation science.
The funding is part of a $130 million U.S. government investment to increase the number of African health-care professionals.
The University of Washington will be teaming up with the University of Nairobi as part of a massive effort to transform African medical education and dramatically increase the number of health care workers.