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Data collection continues as halfway point reached in malaria project

College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology Assistant Professor, Abraham Mengist, PhD, is continuing data collection in Ethiopia as part of a two-year malaria project. The project is a collaboration with researchers from Addis Ababa University and is investigating the impact of repeated anthelminthic treatment on the Epidemiology and clinical outcomes of malaria, anemia, undernutrition, and academic performance of children.  Speaking of the project, Dr. Mengist said, “we are conducting a randomized trial among school-age children in Ethiopia, where some are treated with Albendazole (400mg)… Continue Reading


The Health Care System in Turkey: Opportunities for Collaboration with Acibadem University – Presented by College of Public Health Grand Rounds Dr. S.  Haluk ÖZSARI, MD, PhD, MS Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management Director of the Health Policy Implementation & Research Center Director of the Center for Continuing Education & Development Acibadem University   Dr. Göksenin Aktulay, MD Health Policy Implementation & Research Center Acibadem University             When & Where Tuesday, April 17, 2018 12:00 Pm- 1:00pm (lunch provided for first… Continue Reading

February 7, 2018 – EPI in Action: Responding to an Outbreak Rohingya Crisis Response Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

PRESENTED BY Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH RETIRED ASSISTANT SURGEON GENERAL, USPHS DEAN AND PROFESSOR COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH Dean Ali S. Khan will describe his deployment with the world health organization (WHO) to lead their epidemiology activities in Bangladesh to address the critical health issues of the Rohingya community that were forcibly displaced from Myanmar by genocide. While initially deployed to address a diphtheria outbreak the very dynamic and evolving health crisis soon required new activities for measles, mumps, cholera and other epidemic prone… Continue Reading

Martha Goedert’s diary, December, 2016

“Showing up’ is the first step to a successful water and food security project. In Hinche Haiti, over the last 11 years, the Goederts’ report that showing up starts with “hearing our names called out by friends upon our arrival”. Americans may not be accustomed to having loved ones waiting at arrival gates; but in Haiti this is the first reminder that relationships are the foundation of all projects.   This story serves to honor Haitian and American partners challenged to create solutions to food… Continue Reading

Overview of Peace Corps Term 2015 – 2016 – Tanzania – Martha Goedert

I start this letter with an audible sigh. This morning I am attempting to summarize a year of great learning, great teaching, and great growth, and all of this referring to ‘me’ and what I have learned, what I have been taught and how I have grown. At the feet of students, of Tanzanian health care workers, and of my Dodoma community at large, I have been greatly schooled and been more than generously blessed in the process. As is usually my experience with work… Continue Reading

“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together”. African Proverb – Martha Goedert

“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together”. African Proverb Three colleagues from the Dodoma Region, Tanzania visited the UNMC campus, hosted by the Center for Global Health and Development at the College of Public Health. Dean Ali Khan welcomed the visitors on their first work day with faculty and administrators gathering as colleagues with joint interests intersecting population-based maternal child health in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Dr. Pinaki Panigrahi and Martha Goedert, Ph.D., arranged tours of the… Continue Reading

Life-Saving Skills, How Helping Babies Breathe Can Make a Difference One Health Care Worker at a Time Martha Hoffman Goedert, CNM, FNP, PhD, FACNM, Visiting Professor UDOM, Peace Corps/Seed Global Health

Globally, we know that while neonatal mortality has improved over the last decade, 15,000 babies still die each day (UN, 2010). The Lancet’s Newborn series, in 2014, inspired a global crusade to reduce neonatal mortality, among other child survival initiatives. Most regions of the world have seen a 50% reduction in this neonatal mortality rate. However children in some areas of our world are dying at much higher rates, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and Oceania. Half of all newborn deaths occur around the… Continue Reading