via The College of Health Sciences & Professions
Winners of this year’s case competition will further research and implement their solution to a given global health challenge in Paraguay! There is still time to register a team, with registrations due Oct. 3.
At the Sept. 21 kickoff event, faculty member Kerri Shaw shared information about this past summer’s OHIO summer Paraguay Explore, Connect, Serve program. Shaw said Paraguay which was awarded the title of Happiest Country in the World by the World Gallup Poll is an exciting country to research and visit, offering a simple way of life and a welcoming atmosphere.
“Paraguay is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in South America and one of the most bilingual countries in the world, with over 90% of the population speaking Spanish and the indigenous language, Guarani,” she said. “The biodiversity is rich with wetlands, plains, rolling hills, and both tropical and subtropical climates. In recent years, Paraguay has experienced significant flooding, which has displaced tens of thousands of people, many of whom were already living in shanty towns. Because of its political history of a long-term dictatorial ruling until 1989, it has only recently become attractive to tourists and is less developed than many Latin American countries.”
Registration is now open to both undergraduate and graduate students of all majors and disciplines. Students at both the Athens and regional campuses are welcome to apply. Registration will close at 5 p.m. on Oct. 3, case competition details will be released on Oct. 7 and solutions will be due on Oct. 26. The six finalist teams will compete on Nov. 15, with the awards ceremony held on Nov. 16. The winning team will travel to South America in May 2017, where they will research the feasibility of their solution.
The 2014 and 2015 case competition winners traveled to Guyana and Botswana, respectively. Each team further researched and implemented their solutions to global health issues such as vector-borne and non-communicable diseases. The first case competition winners continued on to win other competitions and start their own business. The case competition is just the beginning of successful and meaningful futures for participants.
The Global Health Case Competition is sponsored by the Ohio University Global Health Initiative, which is administratively supported by the College of Health Sciences and Professions. For more information about the competition, contact the Global Health office at firstname.lastname@example.org; 740.593.2359 or check out the event webpage.
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