Welcome to Dunia HealthDunia Health is dedicated to creating products that are simple to use, require little maintenance, and have a tangible impact on 1) the quality of care delivered by clinicians, 2) the well-being of the patient, 3) and the daily workload of a clinician. We are dedicated to developing technologies that are innovative, low-cost, adaptable to any environment, versatile in their function, and have mobile phone capabilities to increase communication and data collection efficiency. Dunia Health strives to improve neonatal health by keeping parents informed about and involved in their child’s health, and by creating a work environment where clinicians can deliver the highest quality of care possible.
Keep up with our work and our interns' experiences abroad through our blog posts.
About Dunia Health
Why we help
As undergraduate students, we felt as though our universities often left out the Middle East during discussion on global health and development or when working on global health projects, despite plenty of need in the region. Our personal backgrounds and interest in the Middle East, as well as our familiarity with the pressing health needs of the population, served as the catalyst for creating our own global health opportunities in the region. We partnered with local organizations in the region to use mobile technology to improve access to care.
Our Leadership Team
President, Past project intern
Lana Kesbeh is a registered ICU nurse in a Level I trauma center in Houston, Texas, working primarily with neurosurgery patients. She earned her BSN from UTHealth School of Nursing in 2014 and graduated from the University of Houston in 2012 with a BS in Human Nutrition and Foods. Her interest in global health began after visiting a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank and seeing firsthand not only the lack of available health care to the residents but also their underutilization of available resources. Lana hopes to work with disadvantaged and underserved populations both in the United States and the Middle East to improve medical literacy and increase the use of primary health care resources to better their overall quality of life. In her free time, Lana volunteers with a local refugee resettlement organization, enjoys running, and identifies as a foodie and coffee connoisseur.
Cofounder, Administrative Lead
Batoul Abuharb is an optometrist who graduated from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 2016. She is also a graduate of Rice University. Batoul’s interest in global health began after she spent the summer in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip. Her goal is to create technologies that prevent resources from being a barrier to quality care and adequate access to clinicians. In addition to her work with Dunia Health, Batoul volunteers her time to other nonprofits in the Houston area and participates in vision screenings in her community. Batoul is a huge fan of public radio and spends her free time attempting to listen to all of the This American Life podcasts she can. She dreams of being fluent in six languages one day.
Cherie received her B.A. in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University and was fortunate enough to stay at Vanderbilt for medical school. She interned with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Amman, working to reform its Health Programme. The reform included introducing a block appointment system and several quality improvement measures targeting the doctor-patient interaction. She plans on merging her medical career with community development in the Middle East with a focus on utilizing affordable technology to create a more efficient healthcare system. In her free time, Cherie enjoys watching Friends episodes for the millionth time, participating in all things soccer-related, and hanging out at Nashville coffee shops in the hopes of a celebrity sighting.
Eman Bahrani will be a dermatology resident at the University of California San Francisco. She is currently an intern at Mount Auburn Hospital - Harvard Medical School. She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed her undergraduate studies at Rice University, studying Cognitive Science and Global Health Technologies. Eman’s interest in global health sparked after her interactions with refugees in Houston and after visiting refugee camps in Lebanon. Eman hopes to work both locally and abroad to improve healthcare for individuals dislocated, traumatized, or neglected due to violence or economic sanctions.