Dr. Whetten on NC Public Radio

Dr. Kathryn Whetten was featured on NC Public Radio on Friday March 25th regarding the earlier press release about the importance of protective and mental health services for orphans worldwide. Listen to the excerpt here.

Dr. Whetten has been previously featured on WUNC regarding these issues, listen to her discuss our research on the North Carolina Voices series program “Overseas Orphan Research Rocks the Conventional Wisdom in the US” from June 29, 2010 and have a conversation with Frank Stasio about “Rethinking Orphanages” on his show, The State of Things, from January 12, 2010.

DURHAM, N.C. — A new study by Duke University researchers with collaboration with researcher in Cambodia, India, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, calls for increased support, protection and appropriate mental health services for orphaned and abandoned children on a global scale.

Published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, the study of more than 1,200 orphaned and abandoned children across five low- and middle-income countries is one of the first to identify and quantify violence, physical and sexual abuse as other potentially traumatic events endured by orphans, after having lost one or both parents.

A copy of the study is available at http://www.wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/jts.

Entire official Duke News Release

The Global Health Council’s 38th Annual International Conference on Global Health: Securing a Healthier Future in a Changing World has selected Duke University’s Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research panel entitled “OVC Physical and Mental Wellbeing in Low and Middle Income Countries” for presentation.

Participants will better understand the complex nature of issues facing orphaned and abandoned children (OAC) and the need for interventions that include families, communities and policy; attention to cutting-edge research designs and measurement issues will be emphasized. Our faculty members Nathan Thielman, MD, MPH, Karen O’Donnell, Ph.D. and Jan Ostemann, Ph.D. and Shannon Dorsey, Ph.D from the University of Washington will be presenting.

The conference will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. June 13-17, 2011, register at www.globalhealth.org. Please note that if you’re a part of DGHI (or another participating organization) membership is free – which significantly reduces registration costs if you want to attend the entire event.