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OHR Takes Action Against COVID

Even the most remote regions of the world are not immune to the spread of COVID-19 and our team on Mfangano Island is responding to the threat. Student interns with Organic Health Response, listed below, are helping with the  COVID-19 response on Mfangano Island. Elias Owuor, Master of Public Health (MPH) student at Maseno University… Read more »

MOMENTUM Study Publication

In March 2020, the first manuscript for the MOMENTUM study was published in Global Public Health! This paper describes the methods of the study, including our group’s approach to the challenge of measuring the “Three Delays” of obstetric emergencies in the rural setting of Mfangano, from beginning of symptom onset on Mfangano to final treatment… Read more »

Student Spotlight: UMN students take deep dive into Health Navigation and MOMENTUM Study.

During the summer of 2019, a team of three interdisciplinary health science students from the University of Minnesota traveled to Mfangano Island, Kenya. Under the mentorship of Dr. Charles Salmen they assisted with OHR’s ongoing research projects including the Health Navigation Program and MOMENTUM Study (Monitoring Maternal Emergency Navigation and Triage on Mfangano). The Health… Read more »

OHR Announces Dr. Lily Muldoon as new Executive Director

The Organic Health Response (OHR) Board of Directors is excited to announce the start of our new Executive Director of OHR, Dr. Lily Muldoon! Dr. Muldoon is a graduate of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, where she met OHR-EK Co-founder Dr. Chas Salmen in 2010. She also completed her Emergency Medicine residency at… Read more »

Rethinking our Rigor Mortis – A new publication!

As global health researchers, we have long embraced the conviction that the answers to complex problems of poverty and disease will reveal themselves if only we apply enough scientific rigor. Yet, at the community level, our group of American and Kenyan investigators has begun to question whether our veneration of rigor is itself contributing to the intractability… Read more »

Student Spotlight: Investigating How Health Navigation Improves Maternal Mortality on Mfangano Island

This year, we are grateful to have University of Minnesota Med Student, Nick DesLauriers, with us as a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow! Nick is currently working alongside our team on Mfangano to develop and implement the MOMENTUM Study on Mfangano. Check out the recent Student Spotlight article – Nick shares is first hand… Read more »

OHR Co-Founder Joel Oguta Speaks at University of Minnesota

During the month of September, OHR Co-Founder Joel Oguta is in Minnesota on a Visiting Scholar Award sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility. After hosting hundreds of volunteers and visitors in his home on Mfangano Island, this is Joel’s first trip to the United States! During his time… Read more »

$100,000 CAD Stars in Global Health Award to Improve Maternal Health

    We are excited to announce the receipt of a $100,000 CAD Stars in Global Health Award to expand our Health Navigation model, funded by Grand Challenges Canada! This 18-month project will strengthen the emergency referral system for mothers and newborns on the remote island of Mfangano by establishing a durable pathway for healthy pregnancies, safe… Read more »