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Emory Global Health Case Competitions

In January 2015, the Emory Global Health Institute hosted its annual intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition. The 2015 competition brought 12 Emory teams together to propose sustainable development interventions to the New Development Bank of the five-country alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS). The winning team proposed nutrition and agricultural interventions in Kazakhstan that could be implemented using a digital application on farmers' mobile devices. The team won a $3000 prize and will compete against 23 guest university teams during EGHI's March 2015 International Emory Global Health Case Competition. Read the Emory Report article about the competition here.2015_intramuralcc_winningteam 

Members of the 2015 Intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition winning team.
Students from left are: Katie Thure, Rollins School of Public Health; Anyie Li, Rollins School of Public Health;
  Abhi Kapuria, Emory University School of Medicine; Lauren Head,
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing/Laney Graduate School; Jennifer Head, Rollins School of Public Health; and Tiffany Lemon, Rollins School of Public Health.

Second-place Team

Robert Ashmun, Emory University School of Medicine
Farida Bana, Emory College
Aniruddha Deshpande, Rollins School of Public Health
Sophia Dhanani, Emory College
Emily Dong, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Stella Fagbemi, Emory College

Third-place Team

Ariadne DeSimone, Emory University School of Medicine
Ashish Gandhi, Rollins School of Public Health
Sean Kennedy, Rollins School of Public Health
Wilma Mui, Rollins School of Public Health
Claire Still, Rollins School of Public Health
Raj Tilwa, Emory College

Innovation Award

Rebecca Blei, Emory College/Goizueta Business School
Lauren Cunningham, Rollins School of Public Health
Kelly Fletcher, Rollins School of Public Health
Rachel Leavitt, Rollins School of Public Health
Henrietta Lewis, Rollins School of Public Health
Edison Lin, Emory University School of Law

2015 Intramural Competition Sponsors

As with previous Emory Global Health Case Competitions, the 2015 intramural competition was coordinated in part by EGHI's Student Advisory Committee, and was a huge success.

Case Summary and Process

At the end of 2016, the leaders of the five-country alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) met to discuss the progress of their New Development Bank (NDB). With the recent release of the Sustainable Development Goals, BRICS representatives decided to focus NDB investments on sustainable development projects fostering human capital as opposed to supporting physical infrastructure projects. They subsequently launched a USD 250 million loan program that would provide low-interest loans of up to USD 50 million to one country from within each of the five BRICS partner regions to support sustainable development projects.

The request for applications was circulated to all eligible countries. Through a random lottery system, the first presentations would be from Russia and the former Soviet Union republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The NDB assembled an external review panel consisting of interdisciplinary experts to review the proposals. Case competition teams played the part of countries submitting proposals to the NDB while competition judges played the roles of the external review panel. You can read the full case here.

Competition Judges

Paurvi Bhatt
Senior Director for Global Access, Medtronic Philanthropy
Henry Blumberg
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Emory University School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health
Deborah McFarland 
Professor of Global Health and Health Policy, Rollins School of Public Health
David Nugent
Professor of Anthropology, Emory University Laney Graduate School 
Thomas Remington
Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science, Emory University 
Kenneth Walker
Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine 

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

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