Improving Global Health (2008)

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Launched in 2006, Emory's Global Health Institute (GHI) is moving full throttle to take on some of the world’s biggest health challenges, especially in partnership with developing countries.

  Global Community

Partnering with India to Fight AIDS

Can-Do Compassion in Haiti

A Different Kind of Sunshine

One of GHI's inaugural projects is the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI). Funded by the Gates Foundation and shared with Finland's National Public Health Institute, IANPHI works to help low-resource countries develop successful CDC-like institutes of their own. The first countries to benefit include Guinea-Bissau, Malawi, and Ethiopia.

Eight GHI-funded projects at Emory also are well under way, many in partnerships with public health organizations elsewhere.

For example, Usha Ramakrishna in the Rollins School of Public Health is investigating whether omega-3 fatty acids could enhance infant growth and development and prevent postpartum depression in mothers. Partnering with the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica in Cuernavaca, Mexico, she is tracking the mental and physical health of 1,000 Mexican women who take omega-3 during pregnancy as well as the growth and development of their children.

Other GHI-funded projects include an international consortium, in partnership with a veterinary research institute in China, to develop a universal vaccine against different avian influenza strains and a South Africa drug discovery training program that brings African scientists to Emory to gain hands-on experience in translating research into new drugs or treatments.


Each year, Emory Healthcare routinely collects thousands of pounds of medical supplies—those left over in bulk packages, for example, that U.S. laws prohibit from being restocked. These are donated to MedShare, a nonprofit organization in Atlanta that recovers surplus medical supplies and equipment and delivers them to developing countries. Last year, Emory Healthcare staff voted to direct their collected supplies to facilities in Nigeria, like the Enugu State University Teaching Hospital.