Dr. Richard L. Guerrant is the Founding Director of the Center for Global Health.
He and his wife, Nancy, have contributed years of service to support education, development and international opportunities for Global Health practitioners. Dr. Guerrant's pioneering work in Infectious Disease has produced over 500 peer-reviewed publications. He has sustained collaborative training programs with multiple partners, most notably the Federal University of Ceara in Brazil, which has supported collaborative mentoring for a highly productive cohort of global health leaders.
The Richard and Nancy Guerrant Center for Global Health Scholar Award supported four diverse scholar projects in 2017. “Secondary Language Acquisition in Adult Refugees: Barriers and Facilitators” was conducted by Emily Cloyd, CLAS, who worked in close collaboration with Dr. Fern Hauck, Director of the International Family Medicine Clinic (IFMC) at UVA to better understand successful second language acquisition and the quality of “integrativeness” that helps or hinders local refugees as they learn English and assimilate with the local community. This critical study was shared with IFMC clinicians, colleagues at the local International Rescue Committee (IRC) and study participants in the hope of directly informing their respective efforts.
Luke Harris, Masters in Landscape Architecture, conducted the ﬁrst phase of, “Mosquito Urbanism: The relationship between mosquito control practices and the built environment”, a planned comparative global study of attempts to control populations of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, carrier of the Zika virus, along with Dengue and Chikungunya. He examines mosquito control, traditionally a part of the discipline of public health, as a collection of spatial and ecological practices that inﬂuence human behavior and the form of cities, considering how spatial arrangements, topography, and water drainage in urban areas contribute to the creation of mosquito habitats in multiple areas in Nicaragua.
Joshua Sagartz, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, worked under the mentorship of Professor Jeanine Braithewaite, Professor of Public Policy at Batten, to implement, “Social Welfare and Traditional Healing in Limpopo, South Africa.” This study examined the interrelationships between social welfare, including social grants and traditional healers and the traditionally religious by employing student teams at the Batten School and the University of Venda to analyze development, poverty, and health factors through multiple different lenses, incorporating both theoretical understandings and the practical application of data analysis.
Fota Sall, CLAS, building on the work of prior CGH Scholars, examined breastfeeding practices among HIV positive mothers at the University central Hospital of Kigali (CHUK). This study informed a curriculum supporting new mothers who are HIV positive in practices including taking daily medication to reduce the mother’s viral load, limiting breastfeeding to the ﬁrst 6 months and diminishing the risk of transmission of HIV to the infant.
In 2015, NRLG awardee, Anna Long, working under the collaboraative mentorship of UVA-Mbarara site director, Christopher Moore, MD, researchers at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and the Médicins sans Frontières supperted Epicentre Mbarara Research Base (Epicentre), focused on drug resistance in the malaria endemic region of Southwestern Uganda. A better understanding of the presence of drug resistance will inform local/regional malaria epidemiology and in turn improve public health policies and clinical practices.
The 2014 Nancy and Richard L. Guerrant Center for Global Health Scholar Award designee was Mary Namugosa, CLAS, whose work focused on a community study of the prevalence of non-plasmodium falciparum malaria in Southwestern Uganda using PCR analysis of blood slides.
The inaugural Nancy and Richard L. Guerrant Center for Global Health Scholar Award designee was John Burns, College of Arts and Sciences: Echols Scholar Interdisciplinary Major - Global Health Economics Major and Mathematics minor, who conducted a comparative analysis of Micro-Health Insurance in Rural Tanzania.