2018 GEMS Teams Awarded
Global health is an inherently interdisciplinary field, spanning medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, engineering, business, anthropology, political science, and other fields. The Global Established Multidisciplinary Sites (GEMS) program at the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health (CGH) aims to bring these disciplines together to identify and tackle important global health challenges around the world. This year, thanks to support from the Gilead Foundation, the Center awarded five GEMS to faculty seeking to develop multidisciplinary teams. Each site is comprised of at least 3 faculty and up to 5 students from different disciplines across Hopkins.
The five awarded GEMS in 2018 will be based in Kenya, South Africa, Bolivia, and India; one additional multi-country site will span Peru, Uganda, and Nepal. These sites will include inter-institutional collaboration between the Hopkins schools of Public Health, Medicine, Business, Arts & Sciences, and Engineering. In-country universities, businesses, and NGOs are integral to the program - a significant portion of each grant is required to support local partnerships and build capacity.
GEMS teams have worked on challenges from HIV to COPD. One team, funded in 2015 and 2016 recently received a $100,000 grant through the Gates Grand Challenges Exploration Award for a device that lets mothers track their newborn's vital signs and correspond with remote healthcare workers. The grant will allow the team to develop and test its low-cost sensors and accompanying cell phone application. If successful, the project could qualify for an additional $1,000,000.
Dr. Jonathan Golub, a faculty mentor who has worked with GEMS for the past 3 years (and received an award this year!) reflected,
The GEMS program has provided invaluable opportunities for students from nursing, public health, engineering and business to take the individual skills they've developed as students and apply them to a real-life setting in desparate need of simple solutions. Matla Mobile would not have progressed to this stage without the diverse expertise of the students involved, and the students have gained tremendous insight into conducting research in a high-burden disease setting.
2018 GEMS Spotlight:
Eldoret, Kenya: Feasibility and acceptability of integrating HIV care delivery into microfinance groups in western Kenya
Peru, Uganda, Nepal: Implementation of case finding and self-management action plans for COPD
Bolivia: The DART Study - Development of an Antigen Rapid dipstick Test for Bedside Detection of Pediatric Tuberculosis
India: Prevention of anemia in women in Bhikamkor, India
South Africa: Matla Mobile: a patient-centere mHealth system to improve HIV care continuum
The Center for Global Health would like to congratulate our site leadership teams. We look forward to working with everyone in 2018.
Students interested in joining a GEMS this year should reach out to the primary investigators directly.