Global health has far-ranging impact in almost every academic discipline. We must address issues of global health in under-resourced communities and nations. We see this not only as a moral imperative, but also a way to global stability.
In concert with this, the NPRI Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Victor Dzau, Chancellor of Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine has begun a project with Dr. Robert Malkin (articles http://www.pratt.duke.edu/pratt_press/web, http://www.newsobserver.com/15/v-print/story/460491,
website: http://www.pratt.duke.edu/departments ) of the Pratt School of Biomedical Engineering and “Engineering World Health” to evaluate a portable LED based technology Phototherapy Unit (Photogenesis) to use in underdeveloped countries to treat hyperbilirubinemia, a significant cause of brain damage in newborn infants. This inexpensive device operates from batteries and long-lived bulbs.
The testing and implementation of this phototherapy unit is being organized and operationalized by Dr. Lakshmi Katakam, a neonatologist fellow at Duke whose focus is in international health and is pursuing a Masters of Public Health, Global Health Program from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health from the Department of Health Policy and Management. After testing the device at Duke it will be introduced and tested by Dr Katakam in Ghana, West Africa