2018 Summer Projects

The Center for Global Education Initiatives is pleased to announce five global health interprofessional projects for the Summer 2018 grant program. Students have an opportunity to participate in projects in Costa Rica, Israel, Rwanda, Gambia, and Zambia.

  • Nov. 14: Come and meet the faculty leaders of the global health Summer 2018 projects. Students will find out more about the projects and have their questions answered about the application process. SMC Campus Center, Fireplace Lounge, first floor, noon to 1 p.m.
  • Dec. 3: Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. 
  • Now Closed

San Jose, Costa Rica

A comparative analysis of emerging infectious disease outbreak preparedness and response in Costa Rica and the U.S.

Faculty leads: Michael Vesely, JD, and Trudy Henson, MA, JD, Maryland Carey School of Law

Dates: June 2-12, 2018

Students: 6 (law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, public health, dentistry, graduate school)

Airfare is provided by the Center. Additional estimated cost to each student: $1,000

The goal of the project is to compare governmental and health care system responses to emerging infectious disease to discern best practices from a global perspective. The objectives of this project are to 1) understand how the U.S. and Costa Rica government responded to the 2016 Zika outbreak from a clinical, pharmaceutical, health care system, and community perspective; 2) help students understand the similarities and differences between the two approaches and the disadvantages and advantages of both approaches; 3) help students conceptualize how successful practices developed overseas might work in the U.S. and barriers to importing such practices; and 4) understand the role of communities in infectious disease outbreaks and how to engage the community in the mitigation of such outbreaks. Read more about the Costa Rica 2018 project.

Lusaka, Zambia

Assessment of medical and pharmacy student knowledge of antimicrobial spectrum in Lusaka, Zambia

Faculty lead: Neha Sheth Pandit, PharmD, AAHIVP, BCPS, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science

Co-investigators: Emily L. Heil, PharmD, BCPS-AQ ID, AAHIVP, School of Pharmacy; Cassidy Claassen, MD, MPH, School of Medicine, Institute of Human Virology; and Derick Munkombwe, DipEd, BPharm, MPH, PhD, University of Zambia, School of Health Sciences

Dates: 4 weeks, June 4-June 22

Students: 2 (medicine, nursing, pharmacy)

Airfare is provided by the Center. Additional estimated cost to each student: $800-$1,000 

The World Health Organization encourages that people from all sectors and disciplines be engaged in the efforts to preserve the effectiveness of antimicrobials through antimicrobial stewardship. The goal of a stewardship program is to monitor and promote optimization of antimicrobials by making sure patients get the right drug at the right dose for the right amount of time. Formal antimicrobial stewardship programs are required in all United States hospitals by the Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as of Jan, 1, 2017; however, antimicrobial stewardship efforts are very much in their infancy in resource-limited settings. Since pharmacists and physicians represent core members of an antimicrobial stewardship team, it is essential that pharmacy and medical graduates have a strong foundation in antimicrobial spectrum of activity and judicious utilization of antimicrobials. Education on antimicrobial spectrum of activity and appropriate antimicrobial use, particularly early in training for medical and pharmacy students, is not consistent amongst curriculums and most graduating students in the United States would like more education on responsible antimicrobial use. Furthermore, assessment of pharmacy and medical student knowledge of responsible antimicrobial use in Zambia is not well described. Therefore, the overall goal of the project is to assess pharmacy and medical student knowledge of antimicrobial spectrum of activity and responsible antibiotic use at the University of Zambia schools of medicine and pharmacy. This data will be used to inform the development of training app-based tools to facilitate learning of this topic. Read more about the Zambia 2018 project.

Kigali, Rwanda

First assessment of injection drug use practices and associated HIV risks in Kigali, Rwanda

Faculty lead: David Riedel, MD, MPH, School of Medicine, Institute of Human Virology

Dates: 3 weeks, starting July 23 or July 30 (approximate)

Students: 2 (medicine, nursing, public health, social work, law)

Airfare is provided by the Center. Additional estimated cost to each student: $1,600-$2,400 (depending on housing and meal preferences)

Injection drug use (IDU) was one of the earliest risk factors identified for acquisition of HIV infection and remains an important risk in the United States, Eastern Europe (e.g., Russia), and some South Asian countries (e.g., Thailand). However, IDU is much less frequently recognized in sub-Saharan Africa, yet the true scope of this high-risk behavior is not widely known. In Rwanda, no current data exists about the prevalence of this practice or associated risk factors. The main goal for this project is for students to work in an interprofessional and cross-cultural environment to make the first assessment of IDU practices in Rwanda. Data obtained from this pilot study is expected to inform the Rwanda national HIV program and lay the foundation for incorporating IDU questions into the next national HIV/AIDS Behavioral Surveillance Survey (BSS), which is carried out in five-year intervals. Read more about the Rwanda 2018 project.

Banjul, The Gambia

Health system strengthening in The Gambia: A continuation of prior work

Faculty lead: Joanna Gaitens, MSN, MPH, PhD, School of Medicine

Co-investigator: Melissa McDiarmid, MD, MPH, School of Medicine

Dates: 2 weeks, June 17-June 30 (approximate)

Students: 4 (all disciplines)

Airfare is provided by the Center. Additional estimated cost to each student: $2,000-$2,300.

As part of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s role as a WHO Collaborating Centre (CC) for Occupational Health and in support of WHO’s Global Plan of Action on Worker’s Health, which specifically identifies health workers as an at-risk population, the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine provides technical expertise and content knowledge focused on the health care environment to assist low-to-middle income (LMI) countries in implementing practices to ensure basic worker protections. This project builds upon the work of Dr. Melissa McDiarmid in visits in 2014 and 2016 to Gambia. In the summer of 2018, the UMB team will build upon the foundation laid in previous work to fortify and deepen the capacity of local Gambian health leaders to prioritize and implement health worker protections as one pillar of health system strengthening and sustainability. The team will follow up with the trainees who attended sessions in 2016 and review the progress being made on the priority areas identified in 2016, which include a) needle-stick and blood-borne exposure reporting and treatment protocol, b) air-borne hazards program development, and c) medical waste management plan for the Banjul region. Read more about the Gambia 2018 project.

Jerusalem, Israel

Expanding greywater reuse in water-scarce regions in Israel

Faculty lead: William Piermattei, JD, Maryland Carey School of Law, Environmental Law Program

Co-investigator: Robert Percival, MA, JD, Maryland Carey School of Law, Environmental Law Program

Dates: 10-14 days, May 20-June 3 (approximate)

Students: 5 (law, social work, public health)

Airfare is provided by the Center. Additional estimated cost to each student: $1,200-$1,800 (depending on length of stay).

This project builds off the work of previous projects in January 2015 and January 2017. Both projects focused on studying water reuse and renewable energy development in the town of Auja and working with in-country partners at the Arava Institute. In the summer of 2018, UMB students along with selected students from the University of Maryland, College Park, will analyze the following issues: 1) what legal entity should be created to install water reuse technologies on a town-wide basis; 2) what financial model could facilitate town-wide installation; and 3) what regulatory system and standards should be put in place to ensure safe water reuse, taking into consideration the capacity of town self-governance. A focus of the trip would be to meet with town leaders, stakeholders, influential local leaders, Israeli, and U.S. Embassy officials. In addition, the second foci will be to meet with the people of Auja and explain the benefits of this technology and obtain basic information about household water use and wastewater disposal. Read more about the Israel 2018 project.