Global Health 2008-2009

Are you interested in Global Health? Do you want to find out what other students are doing and how you can contribute?

About Us:

The Global Health Working Group is an entirely student-run group sponsored by the Duke University Center for International Studies as part of their Graduate Seminars on Global Issues. It is a uniquely interdisciplinary collection of graduate and professional students dedicated to:

  • Educating themselves and the Research Triangle community about global health issues;
  • Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration among graduate and professional students at Duke and UNC; and
  • Serving the cause of global health through advocacy and related activities.

The GHWG’s main activities include meetings, held approximately every three weeks, consisting of student or outside speaker presentations and discussion, participation in local service projects, and the compilation of global health-related scholarship.

Group Coordinating Committee – CONTACTS: Meredith Barrett (, Nazaneen Homaifar (, Mike MacHarg (, Matt McElwee (, and Aaron Stoertz (

Please contact a Group Coordinator if you would like to be included on the GHWG mailing listserv.

Fall 2008 Schedule (provisional – please check for updates):

  • September 10 – First meeting
  • October 22 – 7:30pm at Trent Hall 040 (dinner starts being served at 7.15pm). Dr. Michael Haglund from the Duke Neurosurgery Department will be speaking to the group on “Changing Surgical Care in East Africa.” Dr. Haglund, a Duke neurosurgeon, first visited Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda in January 2007, where he noted the lack of proper hospital equipment necessary to conduct everyday medical procedures. Upon his return to Duke, he set out to collect medical equipment to take back on a surgical mission. With Dr. Mike Merson and Chancellor Dzau, the idea of Global Health PLUS (Placement of Life-changing Usable Surplus) was born. The GH PLUS program, housed in the Duke Global Health Institute, was launched as part of a larger surplus program of Duke University and Duke Medicine through Duke University Procurement. In August 2007, Dr. Haglund returned to Mulago Hospital accompanied by a team of Duke neurosurgeons with over 6 tons of medical equipment worth over $1.1 million. More than just deliver and set up the equipment, the team has a vested interest in helping to train medical professionals in the field of surgery. With a grant from the Foundation for International Education in Neurosurgery, Dr. Haglund’s group is helping to set up a site to train neurosurgeons in East Africa. Dr. Haglund will serve as co-director for the new neurosurgical training program in Kampala.
  • November 5
  • November 19
  • December 3

All meetings are on Wednesdays, running from 7.30 – 9.00pm, with a light dinner served beginning at 7.15pm.