April 5, 2010
The Duke Global Health Case Competition was held Saturday, March 27. Thomas Denny, DHVI Chief Operating Officer, Professor Medicine and Affiliate Member to the Duke Global Health Institute served as faculty advisor to a team of Duke students who were selected as runners up. The team included Felix Ho (Trinity College, Biology Major), Varsha Vijay (Trinity College, Environmental Science Major), Shreya Purohit (Graduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering), and Samreen Jatana (Team Captain, Graduate Student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Pratt School of Engineering).
Given a real-life case scenario, the competing teams were asked to develop a presentation to advise an NGO on how to overcome the increasing HIV and TB burden in Haiti and other public health issues that have been exacerbated as a result of the devastating earthquake. The solutions included suggestions on how to provide treatment assistance to patients and implement methods of disease prevention in a disaster relief setting. The case competition was created by the Duke Global Health Institute Student Council and brings together interdisciplinary teams to devise recommendations involving health care policy, public health implementation and planning, business partnership/investment, medical research, logistics management, faith/cultural understanding, and international law.