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.
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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.
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 Mbwana Alliy: “Africa is About to Peak”
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.
Elsa Ordway's research examines the rapidly growing palm oil industry in Cameroon, with the aim of identifying where palm oil expansion can occur while protecting rainforest ecosystems and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
When Ian Crozier, MD, volunteered to treat Ebola patients in West Africa last year, he couldn’t possibly have imagined that he would become a case report in the New England Journal of Medicine and a living example of