Post date: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 11:48am

April 23, 2012. Members of Northwestern’s Project Rural India Social and Health Improvement will travel to the northern Indian village of Charniya in August to gather data on building a sustainable health care clinic in the community.

Project RISHI, a national organization that began in California, consists of six chapters. NU is the only college outside of California to have started its own chapter.

Weinberg senior Manisha Bhatia is one of the co-founders of NU’s Project RISHI, which started in the spring of 2011.

“Our overarching goal is to make some sort of change and to hopefully create a sustainable clinic,” Bhatia said. “Health is a priority for them.”

Of the group’s 40 members, 13 will head to Charniya this summer. The group plans to leave Aug. 24 and come back to the United States on Sept. 6. Last summer, three members of NU’s Project RISHI traveled to India to explore the area and get more information about potential sites. Read on...

Source: The Daily Northwestern

Post date: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 8:33pm

GlobeMed summit prepares students to lead on global health equity, social justice issues

April 11, 2012. Students and global health leaders will come together on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus April 12 through 14 at the 2012 GlobeMed Global Health Summit to advance the movement for social justice and global health equity.

“Walking Together, Walking Far: Partnership as a Framework for Meaningful Action” will bring together more than 275 students from 46 universities around the country to participate in a series of lectures and workshops focused on knowledge sharing, collaboration and community building.

Speakers will include Melissa Covelli, senior programs officer, Polio, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Gary Slutkin, executive director, CeaseFire; Pamela Barnes, CEO, EngenderHealth; and Pamela Angwech Judith, executive director, Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization, Uganda. Read on...

Source: Trib Local Evanston

Post date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 12:10pm

April 11, 2012. The Center for Global Health has worked with the International Medical Corps (IMC) in the past, especially during the emergency response after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. While we do not have a formal arrangement with IMC, we do direct Northwestern medical personnel who are interested in emergency response to IMC as it is a well-organized and trusted organization. Your participation in IMC's Emergency Response Deployment Roster is independent of the Center for Global Health and it is your responsibility to get guidance from the leadership of your unit about allowances for your participation. If you have any questions regarding Northwestern's relationship with IMC, please contact Carolyn Baer, Deputy Director of the Center for Global Health, at

For more information visit Northwestern's Center for Global Health website.

Post date: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 8:45pm

April 4, 2012. The Northwestern chapter of the Global Architecture Brigades finished building a secondary school and laid the foundations for a health center in Honduras this Spring Break.

The 10 NU students and six DePaul University students worked side by side with members of the Honduran community when they worked on the construction sites, said Frank Cummins, president of NU’s chapter of the Brigades.

For about eight hours each day, the students labored by mixing concrete “with nothing but shovels and willpower,” Cummins said.

As the largest student-run “global health and sustainable development” group in the world, Global Brigades operates nine different programs, including business. dental and environmental, to provide aid and infrastructural improvements to countries in need of assistance, according to the organization’s website. Read on...

Source: The Daily Northwestern

Post date: Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 12:00am

April 1, 2012. When he was eight years old, Keith Tyo remembers, his father returned from a humanitarian trip to Haiti and told him that a poor person in  America is very rich compared to a poor person in Haiti. Tyo, chemical and biological engineering, who specializes in synthetic biology, never forgot what his father said. As his own career evolved, he knew that whatever direction he took, he would apply his skills to solve problems in global health.

Now specializing in synthetic biology, Tyo is always looking for global health applications for the synthetic  biology products he develops. “I'm particularly interested  in technical innovations for poor people,” he says. “My whole family is global health-oriented. Both my parents  right now are in Kenya at an orphanage—they help out there for a couple months a year. And my sister is a  medical doctor in residency. Her goal is to be a medicaldoctor in a rural setting in Latin America. Because synthetic biology is what I'm good at, I decided to use my skill set to be useful in this way.” Read on... (pp 16-18) 

Source: Office of Research CenterPiece

Post date: Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 11:59am

March 31, 2012. Over the weekend, Northwestern’s Engineers for a Sustainable World hosted the eighth annual Northwestern University Summit on Sustainability, which aims to increase social action on campus, bringing together experts from various disciplines to discuss this year’s topic, Public Health and the Environment.

The two-day summit kicked off Friday with a keynote address by Ellen Gustafson, the founder and executive director of the 30 Project and co-founder of FEED Projects, LLC, two charities looking to solve the global food crisis. Gustafson emphasized that the idea of a global food shortage is a misconception.

“We actually can feed the world today,” she said. “The question is, ‘Can we feed the world sustainably?’”

About 50 students attended Friday’s keynote. Gustafson shared anecdotes about her life and travels and offered advice to the students in attendance.

“I don’t have a degree in nutrition, I don’t have a degree in entrepreneurship, I don’t have a degree in public health,” she said. “No matter what your job is, sometimes what you’re really truly good at and passionate about is what you spend the most time on.” Read on...

Source: The Daily Northwestern

Post date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 9:54am

March 20, 2012. When the AIDS epidemic began in the late 1970s and early 1980s, it was seen as a death sentence for individuals who contracted it. Two decades later, the disease is still incurable, but it has become a manageable illness. Modern medicine has played a large role in this. But what role do social and economic factors play in guaranteeing a long life in spite of the disease?

For years, Celeste WatkinsHayes, African American studies and sociology, has been studying women living with HIV/AIDS in the Chicago-area to discover their economic strategies. Now her work is available to the public through a web site called Health, Hardship, and Renewal.

The study and accompanying web site are aimed at increasing awareness of the successes and obstacles of women living with HIV/AIDS, illuminating how social and economic inequalities affect the AIDS epidemic, and pointing to strategies that help women take care of their economic resources and their health.

Source: Northwestern University Research Newsletter March 2012

Post date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 2:27pm

March 15, 2012. In the WHO report, "Health Response to the Earthquake in Haiti January 2010: Lessons to be Learned for the Next Sudden-Onset Disaster," the Chicago medical response team was highlighted as an example of a successful bilateral assistance program. The Chicago medical response team was made up of six Chicago academic medical institutions, including Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM). The Center for Global Health managed the university's involvement for the Haiti response including coordinating the effort to provide support to Haiti. 450 medical personnel were placed on a roster to aid in the relief efforts and 175 of these volunteers were deployed to Haiti. Volunteers committed to two-week tours with each group composing of 6-8 doctors and nurses from the various affiliated institutions. Additionally, two Haitians with severe spinal cord injuries were brought to Northwestern University for medical care. Learn more about the Center for Global Health's involvement in the Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

Source: The Center for Global Health

Post date: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 2:29pm

February 17, 2012. Thanks to the quick thinking of a Northwestern Medicine pediatrician, 14,000 silver mylar blankets, the kind typically handed out to runners after a marathon, are headed to Afghanistan to help children in danger of freezing to death this winter in scarcely heated refugee camps. More than 20 Afghan children have already died from the cold in the past month.

Craig Garfield, M.D., well knows the value of the blankets, used by paramedics to warm newborn babies and by mountain climbers who camp overnight in frigid outdoor conditions. An athlete, Garfield also uses the blankets to maintain his body temperature after a triathlon.

He emailed his idea to a New York Times reporter on the scene in Afghanistan. The reporter, Rod Nordland, put him in touch with Aschiana Foundation U.S.A., which is focused on helping Afghan children in the refugee camps. Read more...

Source: Northwestern News Center

Post date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 10:47am

February 7, 2012. A new service group is accepting applications this month for its first open trip to the northern Indian village of Charniya in August.

Project Rural India Social and Health Improvement is a national non-profit initiative founded in 2005 at UCLA. The Northwestern chapter, formed last spring, is one of six on college campuses across the United States. The organization aims to help rural Indian villages improve health care, sanitation and education through student-initiated projects.

During a visit to India last summer, Weinberg sophomores Varshini Cherukupalli and Shreya Agarwal and Weinberg junior Apas Aggarwal, all co-founders of the NU Project RISHI chapter, identified Charniya as the group's main focus site. The group hopes to eventually establish a health clinic there that would serve an estimated 5,000 people, Aggarwal said.

"We thought that it would be really nice to develop a long-term relationship with a village in India," Cherukupalli said. "Our goal is to help the village develop over the long-term period and continue to educate them so they can sustain themselves. Read on...

Source: The Daily Northwestern