A current UB student and two recent graduates have been awarded Fulbright student scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year and are abroad studying and contributing to the health and education systems of other countries.
Meghana Gadgil, Katherine Cumberland and Catherine Dunning are among the more than 1,500 U.S. citizens who are studying, teaching or conducting research abroad as Fulbright student scholars this academic year.
Gadgil, of Berkeley, Calif., is a student in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She is conducting research on hand-washing interventions in rural and urban slum communities at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh. The research will focus on hand-washing as a means to combat diarrhea and respiratory illnesses, the two leading causes of illness and death among children in Bangladesh and in many other low-income settings.
“Hand-washing has been shown to be an effective, affordable and acceptable method to reduce illness from infectious causes of diarrhea and respiratory diseases,” Gadgil says, noting that she also is working with the Street-Dwellers Healthcare project in urban Dhada. “I am interested in learning more about the health profiles and needs of women and children in this incredibly vulnerable and marginalized group,” she adds.