Sub-Saharan Africa

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23 active Duke research projects in the region

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Education Through Partnership

Duke’s partners in Africa come from universities, hospitals, nonprofits, ministries and other organizations across the continent. Current partnerships explore research collaborations, cooperative teaching opportunities, joint conferences and publications, service learning programs and academic exchange opportunities.  

The Duke-Makerere Biomedical Engineering (BME) Partnership
This partnership allows students at Duke and at Makerere University in Uganda to plan collaborative, transcontinental design projects. As part of a joint BME course, design teams work to identify healthcare needs and create technological solutions to meet those needs. Graduate students at both universities also interact on Duke’s campus as part of a joint Duke-Makerere Master’s Program. 

Moi Teaching University, Eldoret, Kenya  
Duke (through the Hubert Yeargan Center) has actively collaborated with Moi University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) since joining the AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) Consortium in 2006. All Duke trainee assignments are contingent upon faculty availability, primarily focusing on the cardiology service, inpatient medical wards, psychiatry and/or ICU. 

The city of Eldoret is central to several malaria research projects and is a popular site for Duke students to pursue fieldwork. Established in 2019, the Moi-Webuye Partnership for Education and Academic Research Laboratory is the latest development between Moi University, Webuye County Hospital and Duke. 

Duke Global Health Institute  

Over the past few years, Duke Global Health Institute faculty have developed partnerships outside of Eldoret, expanding the institute’s research portfolio to other cities such as Nairobi and Kisumu. These partnerships include projects on cancer, mental health, digital health, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, and the health issues of orphaned and abandoned children. 

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa are priority partnership locations for the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI). Both undergraduate and graduate students in global health pursue research projects with DGHI partners throughout Africa, including Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and Medical University College, Uganda’s Mulago Hospital, and South Africa’s University of Cape Town. 

In these locations, students study topics related to traumatic brain injury,HIV risk behaviors, cancers, mental health and the environment. 

Amandla Chorus

The student chorus seeks to share the rich, diverse and empowering African culture with the Duke community through music.

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