Global Health Center Students Present Posters at Midwest Universities for Global Health Meeting

December 18, 2018

By Aishwarya Nagar, MPH Student, and Luyi Adesanya, MPH/MBA Student, Global Health Center Research Assistants

Students working as research assistants with the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health presented two posters at the Midwest Universities for Global Health Meeting on Dec. 7, 2018. One poster concerned a centralized, inclusive platform on student global health experiences at Washington University in St. Louis. The other poster exhibited results from a literature review on HPV-self test kits.

The poster by Aishwarya Nagar, MPH student concerning a centralized platform for Washington University students’ global health experiences shows the distribution and extent of student experiences in global health.

To do so, a comprehensive student survey was created and distributed to all schools, global health-focused student groups, select global health faculty members, and specific departments.

Based on survey responses, the following were observed trends: the highest frequency of students’ global health experiences are taking place in Uganda, are research-focused and last one to two months. The most common focus areas are maternal and child health, capacity building and nutrition. Students at the School of Medicine, Brown School and Arts & Sciences are engaging the most in global health experiences.

This data will be used to create a public interactive map, which can be used by students to connect with others who have experience working with global health settings, projects, and organizations of interest. The map will allow users to filter current students’ global health experiences by school, focus area, country, country income and type of experience. A similar map was compiled by the Global Health Center displaying global health work done by current faculty at Washington University in St. Louis.

The second poster by Omoluyi Adesanya shows the results from a literature review on HPV-self test kits. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the leading cause of cervical cancer and its incidence and prevalence is rising across the globe. Early detection of cervical cancer is crucial. New molecular tests have been developed which help to detect the presence of HPV in the vagina and cervix before cancer occurs and can be self-administered at home. The goal of this study was to determine the use of HPV-self testing kits globally through a literature review. For these countries, we also looked at the following indicators: incidence of cervical cancer rate and number of obstetrician gynecologist (per 100,000 people), healthcare expenditure (%GDP), HPV vaccination adherence and awareness. Currently, 21 countries have implemented HPV self-testing kits.

Students interested in global health and in possibly participating in future events may contact the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health.