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UNC: Where global health and local health intersect
Autumn 2016

GLOBAL HEALTH HAPPENINGS

CLINICAL CARE

Number of Surgeons in Malawi Increases, Deaths Decrease Thanks to UNC Training​

For the past eight years, Anthony Charles, MD, MPH, has built the Malawian Surgical Initiative, training Malawian surgeons to care for their own and providing transformative educational experiences for UNC medical students and residents. Read more >>

RESPECTED RESEARCH

Doctoral Student Targets Mental Health Stigma on Campus, in Community and Abroad

Research suggests that stigma can have a more detrimental effect on individuals with mental illness than the illness itself. Through volunteering with Club Nova in Carrboro, co-founding Stigma Free Carolina at UNC and conducting research in India, Allied Health Sciences doctoral student Nikhil Tomar seeks to understand and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Read more >>

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION

UNC Dental Students Continue Service Tradition in Mexico

Angie Rhodes, DDS, spent her second summer of dental school in 1996 providing health care and education to children living in an orphanage in Miacatlán, Mexico. This summer her lifelong patient Roxie Braxton, now a 3rd year dental student at UNC, went on the same trip. Learn how UNC Mexico Project is changing the lives of Mexican children and influencing the career paths of future dentists. Read more >>

BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS: INTERACTIVE TIMELINE EXPLORES UNC'S HISTORY OF TREATING BLOOD DISORDERS

In 1981, researchers at UNC found themselves at the epicenter of a perfect storm — people with hemophilia, a painful disease that causes bleeds in the joints and requires weekly blood infusions, were contracting HIV through their treatments. But it was the curiosity of one man nearly 30 years prior that set in motion events that would open a vast field of research at UNC and draw in hundreds of researchers across the university. Kenneth Brinkhous’ research and determination altered the course of global public health. With the passage of the years outlined in this interactive timeline, it would transform the life of a man named George McCoy and the lives of countless others like him who turned to UNC in a quest to survive.

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