Our Work in Action
The Department of International Health works across the globe on hundreds of projects as part of our mission to serve vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. Many projects are based in the Department’s centers and institutes. Others are stand-alone initiatives and projects. Below you can find just a handful of examples. We’ll be adding more in the coming months as we continue expanding our website.
Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic in India
The University is working urgently with partners on the ground to offer support and expertise to India, with efforts organized and led by the newly created Johns Hopkins India Institute. The Institute leverages 90 years of groundbreaking work in the South Asian country to tackle health, education, and economic challenges worldwide. The Institute is co-chaired by Department Chair Dr. David Peters and Dr. Amita Gupta, a professor in International Health and the School of Medicine.
Inequities in COVID-19: From People to Policy
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health are tracking and understanding how the pandemic is affecting marginalized populations and exacerbating inequities.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative at JHSPH
The JHSPH team collaborates with NCD and Epidemiology experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC-Foundation, the World Health Organization (WHO) and low-and middle-income countries such as Bangladesh, Colombia, Tanzania and Uganda to conducting research and development to inform the design and delivery of mobile phone surveys for non-communicable disease risk-factor surveillance in low- and middle-income country settings.
Synthesis and Translation of Research and Innovations from Polio Eradication (STRIPE)
Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in collaboration with seven academic and research country partners, set out to capture the lessons learned from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a 30-year effort to eradicate polio and its associated severe diseases.
JiVitA Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Research Center
For nearly two decades, the Department’s JiVitA project has conducted studies in rural northwestern Bangladesh to inform, guide and motivate policies by identifying effective and low-cost nutrition interventions that can improve health and survival of mothers, infants and children across rural South Asia where undernutrition, infectious disease and mortality remain unacceptably high and health services inadequate.
In a recent large-scale study tested three novel, nutrient-dense complementary food supplements designed for their ability to improve growth and reduce stunting, wasting, and improve micronutrient status and cognition. These “ready-to-use” food supplements are prepared locally with available local ingredients to ensure long-term sustainability of their use in programs.
Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS)
ReLAB-HS consortium aims to improve the quality of life, functionality, and independence through simple interventions at the primary care level and the use of technology to bring rehabilitation closer to where affected individuals live.
The program focuses on building local and international leadership, crafting and implementing local, demand-driven approaches and innovations, and working largely in communities and home settings, implementing real and relevant rehabilitation and policy solutions. The consortium includes collaborators with expertise in rehabilitation and health systems: University of Melbourne Nossal Institute for Global Health, Humanity and Inclusion, Miracle Feet, Physiopedia, and UCP Wheels for Humanity.