Aanvrager: Professor Rick Grobbee & Associate Professor Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch
Good health care and high life expectancy have become a given in our Western world. This is unfortunately not yet the case in many developing countries, were infectious and increasingly non-infectious chronic diseases are a daily concern for millions of people. While Europeans enjoy a life expectancy up to 80 years old, African people’s lives are on average 20 years shorter. Health disparities throughout the world are unnecessary. They can and should be reduced to improve people’s health globally. Julius Global Health seeks innovative solutions to achieve this goal. They are working in collaboration with local colleagues in Africa and Asia so as to find the best solutions, while dealing with poverty, limited capacity of public organization(s) and ethnic and cultural differences.
Good health care and high life expectancy have become a given in developed countries. Unfortunately this is not yet the case in many developing countries, were infectious and increasingly non-infectious chronic diseases are a daily concern for millions of people. Health disparities throughout the world are unnecessary. They can and should be reduced to improve people’s health globally.
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In Ghana, the prevalence of maternal death is 6 times and that of newborn death about 10 times higher than in the Netherlands. Julius Global Health investigates how nurses and midwives can be supported during (emergency)-situations in pregnancy through text messages. This new field, called mhealth, uses new communication technologies to improve safety and health.
Most low and middle-income countries have to increasingly deal with chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes while traditional infectious diseases persist. In South Africa, our work focuses on the prevention, prognosis and management of HIV and the interaction with chronic diseases. We aim to better understand the impact of HIV on the development of chronic diseases and the role of social and life-style related factors for disease prevention.
Jakarta is one of the most air-polluted cities in the world. There, we study the exposure to air pollutants that women face during pregnancy in relation to their own health and the health of their children during the first years of life. Also, through tailored support to pregnant women, we increase acceptance and application of breast-feeding. As a result, our studies promote optimal child health now and in their future.
Singapore and Malaysia
In Singapore and Malaysia our research focuses on ethnic differences on the risk of cardiovascular disease following breast cancer. The importance of this topic is highlighted by the need to adapt international guidelines for breast cancer treatment to groups of women that may have an adverse cardiovascular risk profile.