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1830 Monument Street Building

Baltimore, USA

Our home base can be found in Baltimore, Maryland. Our offices are located in the 1830 Building on East Monument Street, and we do much of our work across the street at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bhaktapur is a semi-urban community in Nepal located eight miles southeast from the capital, Kathmandu. The community of Bhaktapur has approximately 80,000 inhabitants who are predominantly of Newar ethnicity. Agriculture is an important component of the majority of livelihoods among residents of the Bhaktapur municipality. Our Bhaktapur field site is located within the Public Health Care Center, Kwopa Poly-technic Institute at Chyamasingh. This municipality-run hospital offers accessible, low cost community-based care to its residents. The Institute is the site for nursing and paramedic courses, 25 in-patient hospital beds, a government-run urban clinic, and a popular out-patient clinic with visiting physicians. The center is also the coordinating site for the Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) in Bhaktapur. This is GlobalNCDs newest field side and we are excited to have established a research collaboration with the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuvan University and University College of London. Our study site is supported by the U.K. Medical Research Council.

Kampala, Uganda

Kampala is the capital of Uganda and one of the fastest growing urban centers in the world. In 2015, GlobalNCD established an ongoing population-base cohort known as the LiNK Study to explore the links between chronic respiratory diseases and urbanization. In partnership with the Makerere Lung Institute (Uganda), GlobalNCD is establishing a center of excellence for non-communicable disease research and training at Makerere University (Uganda), funded through the Fogarty International Center.

Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru

GlobalNCD has a long-standing presence in Lima, the largest city in Peru, and one of the largest cities in Latin America. Our community-based field sites in the urban and peri-urban neighborhoods of Pampas de San Juan de Miraflores and Villa El Salvador have hosted myriad projects exploring chronic disease and the urban environment, including studies on asthma, COPD, cancer, cardio-metabolic disorders, nutrition, and mental health research. This site is currently one of three GlobalNCD sites of the Global Excellence in COPD Outcomes (GECo) study to evaluating the effectiveness and implementation of a community-based COPD self-management intervention.

Our Lima team also leads the Asthma Implementation Research (AIRE) trial being conducted in northern metropolitan districts of Lima. The GlobalNCD site in Lima has benefited from close collaborations with Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru) and Asociación Benéfica PRISMA (Peru) and has hosted dozens of medical and public health trainees from Johns Hopkins University and other institutions. Our Lima site is currently supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the U.K. Medical Research Council, and the American Thoracic Society Foundation.

Nakaseke, Uganda

Nakaseke, Uganda

Nakaseke is a rural district located 80 miles from Kampala. GlobalNCD has partnered with the Makerere Lung Institute and the Makerere University (Uganda) to conduct population-based studies of the prevalence, risk factors, and burden of chronic disease in this agricultural region. Our team has also developed collaborations with the Ministry of Health to examine implementation strategies for NCD prevention and control in the district. Nakaseke is currently one of three GlobalNCD sites of the Global Excellence in COPD Outcomes (GECo) study to evaluating the effectiveness and implementation of a community-based COPD self-management intervention. The GlobalNCD site in Nakaseke has hosted many students from across Johns Hopkins University and Fogarty Global Health Fellows. Research at this site has been supported by funding from the Fogarty International Center, Medical Research Council, and the Else Kröner Fresenius Stiftung Foundation.

Puno, Peru

Puno, Peru

The GlobalNCD research site in Puno, Peru is located on the banks of Lake Titicaca at 3,825 meters above sea level. This urban area with surrounding rural communities is a unique setting for the conduct of environmental health research at high-altitude. The Puno site has been the location for multiple studies on chronic exposure to household air pollution from biomass cookstoves, research on the effects of hypobaric hypobia hypoxia on the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems health, and studies on heavy metals groundwater contamination. This site is currently one of four intervention research centers of the Household Air Pollution Intervention Network (HAPIN) trial to evaluate the efficacy of a liquefied petroleum gas and continuous fuel distribution on health outcomes across the lifespan. Our Punto team also leads the Cardiopulmonary and Household Air Pollution (CHAP) trial being conducted to evaluate the efficacy of a liquefied petroleum gas and continuous fuel distribution on adult cardiovascular and pulmonary health outcomes. Our research collaborators in Puno include Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru), Asociación Benéfica PRISMA (Peru), and Washington University in St. Louis (USA). The Puno site has hosted many >30 trainees from undergraduate students to post-doctoral fellows and is supported by the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, the United States National Institutes of Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the philanthropic support of Mr. William Clarke III and Mr. Kenneth Banks.

Sylhet, Bangladesh

Sylhet, Bangladesh

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored study, “Pneumococcal Vaccine Impact Assessment in Bangladesh,” was designed to examine the impact of the planned introduction of PCV10 into the Bangladesh national vaccine program. The evaluation will be conducted in an established rural research surveillance area with a population of ~750,000 in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh. The study aims to evaluate the impact of PCV10 on pneumococcal disease, including pneumonia. Our study group is evaluating the role of lung ultrasound in the diagnosis of child pneumonia, and we are collaborating with the Projahmno study group.

The Projahnmo study group is a partnership of Johns Hopkins University, Bangladesh Ministry of Health, icddr,b, Shimantik, and Child Health Research Foundation.icddr,b is the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, an international health research institution located in Dhaka. Dedicated to saving lives through research and treatment, icddr,b addresses some of the most critical health concerns facing the world today, ranging from improving neonatal survival to HIV/AIDS. It has a wide range of state-of-the art research laboratories including bacterial culture, molecular activities, biochemistry and genetic analysis. In collaboration with academic and research institutions throughout the world, icddr,b conducts research, training and extension activities, as well as program-based activities, to develop and share knowledge for global lifesaving solutions. Since 1978, the Centre has shared its knowledge with the world, training more than 27,000 health professionals from over 78 countries. Courses provide practical training in topics such as hospital management of diarrheal diseases, epidemiology, biostatistics, family planning, demographic surveillance and child survival strategies. icddr,b’s activities are supported by about 55 donor countries and organizations including the Government of Bangladesh, UN specialized agencies, foundations, universities, research institutes and private sector organizations and companies that share the Centre’s concern for the health problems of developing countries and value its proven experience in helping solve those problems. The Centre is governed by a distinguished multinational Board of Trustees comprising 17 members from around the globe. icddr,b has an annual budget of US $55 million.

Situated in Dhaka Shishu Children’s Hospital, the Child Health Research Foundation is running one of the premier microbiology labs in South Asia, having an impressive record of innovation and discovery. Skilled microbiologists use a combination of conventional and state-of-the art techniques and equipment. CHRF is a active model which brings world class microbiological research and science to those people and communities who can most readily and directly benefit from such advances. CHRF is currently running several microbiology studies in Bangladesh and South Asian countries.

Shimantik, a national level non-governmental organization in Bangladesh, started its activities back in 1979 initially to provide succor to the flood-stricken people of Sylhet. It has since expanded its activities to cover wide-ranging areas like non-formal education, primary health care, reproductive health, newborn care, environmental development, women’s development and income generation.

Geographically, Shimantik has expanded; it has a staff of more than 2500 in its Sylhet and Dhaka divisions. Shimantik’s mission is to bring about a “social movement” at the local level to create an enabling environment for integrated community-based social and economic development and management initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life in poor communities. Shimantik’s aim is to provide service for the welfare of less fortunate people, especially women and children. Since its beginning, Shimantik has partnered with the Projahnmo research group and successfully implemented the Projahnmo studies in the field for the last 12 years.

 

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