CGHSR is proud to announce our new Director of Human Migration and Health, Dr. Bill Stauffer, MD MSPH. Dr. Stauffer is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is a well-known expert in refugee health, and acts as the Lead Medical Expert for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Global Migration and Quarantine—Immigrant, Migrant, Refugee Health Branch.
In December, the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility organized two trainings for United Nations Agency for Migration (IOM) clinicians in Kampala, Uganda and Amman, Jordan. These trainings - led by trainers from the University of Minnesota and its partners - occurred within the framework of a partnership between the University of Minnesota and IOM to help build the agency’s capacity to conduct health assessments and ensure the safe travel of US-bound refugees.
A woman is in labor and she and her baby are in distress; her midwife cannot manage the complications. The nearest neonatal and obstetric care facility is hours away. The transport across Lake Victoria to the mainland takes about an hour, if a boat is even available, then it could take another one to two hours to reach an obstetrician and an operating room, which also may not be available, in a county of one million residents.
Twelve years after and eight thousand miles away from a chance encounter in Africa, two strangers-turned-colleagues and friends reunited on the University of Minnesota campus. The reunion in Minnesota marks a new chapter for the pair, positioning them to expand research and sustainable health solutions by formally launching the Mfangano Community Health Field Station @ the Ekialo Kiona (EK) Center in Kenya.
Working on getting the word out about your global health research? Check out these resources from our November 15, 2018 International Researcher Series event that featured these two presentations: