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News Item Just one needle saves a life following Stanford physician’s trip to Madagascar

Stanford emergency physician S.V. Mahadevan, MD, had no idea when he visited Madagascar two months ago that he would help save the life of an ailing newborn. The chair of emergency medicine at Stanford, Mahadevan traveled to the island country in April to teach some essential medical procedures to health care workers there, using simple equipment he had brought. Those same health care workers put that training into practice in July to rescue a 2-month-old with a life-threatening infection.

News Item Sexual assault prevention program reduces pregnancy-related school dropouts in Kenya

Girls and young women in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, are very vulnerable to sexual assault. Fortunately, as I’ve reported before, the nonprofit No Means No Worldwide is changing that. The organization, founded by San Francisco activist Lee Paiva, has developed curricula for girls and boys aimed at preventing sexual assaults.

News Item Rosenkranz Prize winner to launch microbiome research project in Africa

Ami Bhatt, MD, PhD, has a gut feeling about many medical maladies.

That is, she believes that we can fight some diseases by learning more about the trillions of microbes living in our guts and on our bodies.

“Humans are not only made up of human cells, but are a complex mixture of human cells and the microbes that live within us and among us — and these microorganisms are as critical to our well-being as we are to theirs,” says Bhatt, who is an assistant professor of medicine and of genetics.

News Item Collaboration in Zimbabwe for anesthesiologist training and education

Many Stanford faculty who have conducted research in low-resourced environments point out lack of reciprocity as one of their biggest challenges. They often find it challenging to invite their collaborator from developing countries due to economic disparity. Among its eleven recipients, the Office of International’s seed grant enabled ten Stanford faculty members across disciplines to invite their collaborators from low and middle-income countries in 2014 and 2015.

News Item Exchanging knowledge and saving children’s lives in Kenya

The impact of Stanford research is global and our faculty collaborate with researchers from all over the world. While it is common for Stanford researchers to take overseas trips to work in the field, it is typically less common for their in-country partners to come to Stanford. This is especially true when research is taking place in a low-resourced setting and funding is an obstacle.