Current Research Projects:
Bolivia Research Ethics Education Program:
Strengthening the Bolivian research culture to integrate ethical public health and clinical research into the education and research practice of healthcare practitioners and investigators. The program also incorporates training for community leaders related to research ethics. Our partner organization, the Universidad Mayor de San Andres, received a National Institute of Health Fogarty International Center Planning Grant to begin program implementation.
Sullivan S, Aalborg A, Basagoitia A, Cortes J, Lanza O, Schwind J. “ Exploring Perceptions and Experiences of Bolivian Health Researchers With Research Ethics.” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics.
Sexual and Reproductive Health in Cambodia:
Cambodia risks facing a second wave of the HIV/AIDS epidemic among high-risk populations such as injecting drug users, female entertainment workers, their clients and their boyfriends, and men who have sex with men. KHANA, in partnership with TUC's Public Health Program are working on several research projects to address HIV prevention with these populations.
Yi S, Chhoun P, Brody C, Thith K, Tuot S. "Prevention and care for HIV and sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men in Cambodia: The Sustainable Action against HIV and AIDS in Communities (SAHACOM).” BMC Infectious Disease
Midwifery in Ethiopia:
The 2015 Women-Centered Midwifery in Ethiopia project pilots the collection of qualitative data on the accountability and responsiveness of midwifery care in Debre Markos, Ethiopia. It is funded by a Touro University intramural grant and implemented by Touro University MPH students and students and faculty from Debre Markos University.
In collaboration with the Ethiopian Midwives Association, extramural funding is being sought for a study that aims to strengthen midwifery training in provision of quality, patient-centered, reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health (RMNCH) services, particularly abortion and contraception, by conducting a comprehensive, nationally representative assessment of midwives’ understanding of patients’ rights, and of their skills, knowledge, and comfort in providing RMNCH services.
Global Health Training Ethics and Assessment:
Every year, more and more graduate students are going abroad under the auspices of global health training: most major universities in the US and many in Europe offer global health training according to the Consortium of Global Health Universities and over 300 different global health degree options are offered by members of the Schools of Public Health Application Service. The current Ebola outbreak has heightened national attention on global health both as we watch the devastation in West Africa and we react to the Ebola risk in the US.
During global health training trips, students are exposed to the realities of broken healthcare systems. They see how dirt floors in homes increase the risk of hookworm infection in children. They watch what untreated HIV can do to grown men and women. They realize how far a women experiencing bleeding after childbirth has to go to get help.
These training experiences may have profound emotional impacts on students and may even make them more compassionate practitioners back home. Involvement in these projects often results in thesis papers or manuscripts that make doctorate and residency applications more impressive. Most students who return from their training will tell you that they have benefited from seeing the realities of poverty. But bearing witness to global healthcare injustice is not enough. Read more...
Global Health Financing in Malawi:
The Mapping of Health and HIV/AIDS Community - Based Organizations in Malawi project tracks the changing distribution of community - based organizations (CBOs) involved in health and HIV/AIDS aid projects in Malawi over a 15 - year period. The map created by the project will serve as the main data source for future research on the effectiveness of aid resources in facilitating the formation of CBOs; and the impact of CBO involvement in health service provision on health outcomes. It is funded by an AidData Kickstarter Grant and implemented in partnership with Invest in Knowledge Initiative Malawi.
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