Global WACh

February 15, 2021

Global WACh virtually participates in the seventh annual Global Healthies

Global WACh participated in the Department of Global Health’s seventh annual Global Healthies event this month, an event that brings the UW and Seattle-area global health community together to explore opportunities for collaborations and to highlight students’ global health research.

Students virtually networked with Kate Rankin (Managing Director), Stephanie Edlund-Cho (Program Operation Specialist), and Hannah Atlas (Research Coordinator) to learn about the Center and seven opportunities to support ongoing research activities.

Through this event, faculty found matching student support to:

  • Consolidate feedback from interviews and surveys into a policy development tool to engage stakeholders in the neglected tropical diseases field to determine best practices for updating global soil-transmitted helminth (STH) guidelines
  • Develop study materials for a new trial in Kenya to determine the efficacy of lactoferrin and lysozyme (antibacterial proteins) supplementation in decreasing diarrhea and improving nutritional recovery in children
  • Assist in writing a research grant proposal utilizing previously collected trial samples to test for sickle cell disease in Kenyan children using point-of-care diagnostic tests; other supportive tasks include performing a literature review of sickle cell disease prevalence, consequences, and management; and conducting data analysis of sickle cell health consequences in Kenyan children
  • Analysis of outcomes associated with the suite of projects utilizing mobile technologies to support women-infant pairs in Kenya engage in neonatal care, postpartum care, family planning, and mental health, as well as developing future projects

There are still available opportunities for UW students to engage in ongoing projects and new opportunities constantly arise!  See what is currently offered and how to get involved at