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2016 International Emory Global Health Case Competition

In April 2016, the Emory Global Health Institute hosted its 12th Emory Global Health Case Competition and fifth international competition. The 2016 international competition brought multidisciplinary teams together from 24 universities to develop strategies to prevent and treat obstetric fistula in India. The winning team, from Cornell University, won a $6,000 first-place prize. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences took second place; the University of Melbourne took third place, and the University of Minnesota won an Honorable Mention Award and the Participants' Choice Award.  New York University took home the competition's Innovation Award, and the University of Pennsylvania won the video competition. 


Members of the 2016 International Emory Global Health Case Competition winning team.
Students from left are: Roger Ying; Deanna Blansky; Nichita Kulkami; Zachary Strasser; Charlotte Roy; and Avinash Murugan

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences - Second Place 

Johanna Alfier
Yaroslav Bodnar
Madeline Fleit
Laura Kropp
Kalpana Parvathaneni
Tarah Woodle

University of Melbourne - Third Place

Chirag Agarwal
Matt Keane
Jennifer Lacy-Nichols
Chaudri Mashaal
Anna Ong
Vishal Punwani

University of Minnesota - Honorable Mention and Participants' Choice Award

Besufekad Alemu
Hiwote Bekele
J'Mag Karbeah
Cyrus Ndung'u
Shuangqi Wang
Patrick Williams

New York University - Innovation Award

Anne Colbert
Minju Kim
Oluwatomi Oluwasanmi
Madeleine Pomilla
Giada Scarpetti

2016 International Competition Sponsors

Case Summary and Process

The World Health Organization reports that globally 50,000 - 100,000 women develop obstetric fistula annually, and that there are currently two million untreated cases worldwide. In India, one study found the prevalence of obstetric fistula as high as 3.4% in some districts. Fistula can result in both fecal and urinary incontinence, infections, and permanent damage to a woman's reproductive system. This condition often results in the shunning and banishment of women who suffer from it by their families and communities. Oftentimes, there may be no treatment or management options available to women in low-income countries where access to medical care is already scarce.

Case competition participants were asked to develop strategies to both effectively prevent and treat obstetric fistula in India. Case competition judges played the role of Indian government officials charged with determining which of the programs presented would be most effective in reducing obstetric fistula, and thereby improve the health and lives of women in India. You can view the full case here.


Helen de Pinho
Assistant Professor at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
Morli Desai
Director of Strategy and Commercialization for the Value Segment, Medtronic Surgical Innovations 
Philip Graitcer
Former Medical Epidemiologist for the CDC
Phil Jacobs
Partner, Pendleton Consulting Group
Yogeshkumar Joshi
Retired Obstetrician
Maurice Middleberg
Executive Director, Free the Slaves
Bess Miller
Independent Global Public Health Consultant
Diane Morof 
Epidemic Intelligence Officer, CDC
Grandhige V. Raghu
Retired Obstetrician
Florina Serbanescu
Health Scientist, CDC
Avnit Singh
Senior Marketing Intelligence Leader, GE Power 

The International Emory Global Health Case Competition is an exciting opportunity for students to address
a real-world global health challenge using a multidisciplinary approach.



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