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Gillings Global Gateway News

MCH faculty members to lead $4.5M grant for evaluation of family planning in Africa

January 11, 2016 Two faculty members in maternal and child health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will lead a project funded by a three-year, $4.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Sian Curtis, PhD, research associate professor, will serve as principal investigator,… Read more »

Study finds that Mexico’s excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages was imposed directly only on consumers in urban areas

December 16, 2015 In the context of a very high prevalence of obesity and diabetes in Mexico, coupled with a high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in the country, the Mexican government in January 2014 implemented a one-peso-per-liter excise tax on all nonalcoholic beverages that contain added sugar, including powder, concentrates and ready-to-drink beverages. Researchers from… Read more »

Bentley named secretary/treasurer of CUGH executive committee

December 15, 2015 Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, has been named the next secretary/treasurer of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). Bentley is the Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also is associate dean of global health for the School and associate… Read more »

Leatherman to be lead adviser to new WHO unit on quality and universal health care

December 1, 2015 Sheila Leatherman, research professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named lead adviser for a new unit on universal health coverage and quality in the World Health Organization’s Department of Service Delivery and Safety. The new unit will provide support to countries… Read more »

School’s online learning makes knowledge accessible, translatable around the world

Physician uses epidemiology training to fight parasitic diseases in Mali December 1, 2015 Earning a medical degree from the University of Bamako in Mali was only the beginning for Moussa Sangare. Sangare’s desire for stronger skills in epidemiology led him to obtain online training through UNC Gillings School’s North Carolina Institute for Public Health. He… Read more »

Jaff participates in APHA panel on health-care delivery in conflict zones

November 30, 2015 Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Gillings Global Gateway™, served as a panelist in an American Public Health Association (APHA) session on the challenges of health-care delivery in areas of conflict and war. The session, “Practicing Health… Read more »

Student takes an unexpected path for practicum experience

November 17, 2015 Blog post from Hillary Murphy, Master of Public Health student in the Department of Health Behavior: In summer 2015, I found myself unexpectedly working in sub-Saharan Africa on a pilot intervention involving breastfeeding practices among mothers with HIV. Just to help you, the reader, understand how “out of my element” this was,… Read more »

New podcast, ‘Public Health Behind the Scenes,’ launched this fall

November 9, 2015 The Gillings Global Gateway™ and the N.C. Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), both housed in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have collaborated to launch a new podcast called “Public Health Behind the Scenes.” “’Public Health Behind the Scenes’ offers a front-row seat into the exciting field of public health,”… Read more »

The key to drilling wells with staying power in the developing world

What happens after a well is drilled, fitted with a hand pump, and a community celebrates having access to clean water for the first time? Nearly half of them break down within a year. Where communities lack the capacity, resources, training, and support to repair such breakdowns, many of these wells may be rendered unusable… Read more »

School hosts learning symposium on conflict settings and complex emergencies

October 16, 2015 Globally, an estimated 60 million refugees are fleeing war-torn and conflict areas in 2015. Of these, more than 60 percent are uprooted forcibly and displaced within their own countries, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). In this context, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and its… Read more »