February 12th, 2021

Dear colleague,

Our annual global health conference is rapidly approaching. We have attracted a stellar list of outstanding leaders and scientists from an array of disciplines and organizations. You can see the program and speakers and register for the conference before March 10 at www.cugh2021.org

Also, we are holding 29 half to full day satellite sessions between March 1st and the 11th. You do not have to register for the conference to attend them. The satellite sessions are an opportunity for interested parties to engage like-minded experts from around the world to learn, collaborate and develop initiatives that can impact the challenges at hand. Register under SATELLITE SESSIONS at www.cugh2021.org.

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is devastating the world. It is also killing our colleagues on the front lines of healthcare. We were devastated to hear of the passing of Prof. James Hakim from Covid-19 in Zimbabwe. Dr. Hakim was a mentor, leader, researcher and clinician. He was a giant among African scientists but importantly was a friend to many of us. His passing is a jarring reminder of the plight people are faced with in many parts of the world that do not even have access to essentials like oxygen. I hope this drives us to overcome these appalling gaps in access to essential medical supplies and human resources. 

Best wishes,

Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
CUGH Events & Updates

Time is running out to attend CUGH2021, March 12th-14th (satellite sessions March 1st-11th). See our website www.cugh2021.org to register and see the list of outstanding sessions and speakers including: Dr. Anthony Fauci (Dir. NIH-NIAID), Dr. Hugo Lopez-Gatell (Undersecretary for Health, Mexico), Inger Andersen (Executive Director, UNEP), Elizabeth Mrema (Executive Secretary, UN Biodiversity), Dr. John Nkengasong (Director, Africa CDC), Muhammad Pate (Dir. Global Health, World Bank), Carina Mafla (Fmr. Minister of Health, Ecuador); more than 600 posters, 29 satellite sessions, over 42 other sessions, the Pulitzer-CUGH Global Health Film Festival and more.

Satellite sessions are March 1-11, 2021. Most are FREE and open to all but you must register separately on our website: www.cugh2021.org/satellite-sessions

Register now!

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News & External Events
Professor James Hakim - Rest in Peace

AFREhealth mourns the passing of James Hakim, Professor of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences and a member of our Governing Council. This came as shocking news to us. James Hakim is the one of those who crafted the Acronym AFREhealth. The AFREhealth community has lost a dynamic giant in medicine and an icon of medical research in Africa. He was a well versed researcher, educator, clinician, a great HIV scientist and humanitarian. We are proud of his achievements in health professions education in our continent. James was a mentor, leader and excellent speaker and his demise is a loss for science and medicine.
We, his AFREhealth Colleagues, describe him as one with an astonishing intellect and a gentle sense of humor. He was a friend to all.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on academic global health programs in different countries. The results of the survey will provide an understanding of how programs have coped with education, research, and administrative issues related to the pandemic, and how they envisage their path forward as the pandemic resolves. If you are unable or unwilling to participate, please forward this survey to colleagues at your institution, and to others in your country who may be willing to participate. The deadline for participation in this survey is February 28th, 2021. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Quentin Eichbaum at quentin.eichbaum@vumc.org

The NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT) began in 1993 and was first administered by the Fogarty International Center (FIC). NIMHD assumed responsibility for the program in 2005, and FIC continued to provide co-funding to it until the most recent cycle/cohort, 2013-2018. MHIRT was designed to provide opportunities for international research and research training for undergraduate and graduate students from minority and low income populations who are underrepresented in the basic science, biomedical, clinical or behavioral health research career professions. The number of programs supported has consistently been in the range of 20-25 for each 5 year-cohort; with approximately one-third turnover every 5 years. Direct costs are $250,000 per year for a period of up to five years.

You can find testimonials from MHIRT program participants at this link.

The Global Health & Development Essentials course is intended as an introduction and orientation to international development policies and practices. Participants will gain an improved understanding of the global health policy environment in low and lower middle income countries; learn about the global frameworks and key players providing sustained humanitarian assistance and response for global health and health systems; explore the dynamics and coordination of international disaster and pandemic response, and complexities of medical product donation programs within these contexts and existing frameworks. Read more here.

Spring Session: June 2-July 14
Fall Session: September 15-October 27

Read the Award-APR Project's first newsletter on the connection between extreme weather events and outbreaks of enteric diseases here.

The Lancet Global Health is seeking input on a fundamental question:  
What's wrong with global health?   

Please submit your ideas via the following link: https://www.editorialmanager.com/langlh/default.aspx

Given that most research has shown that negative health outcomes for women have come about as a result of the pandemic, the Covid Catalyst study is taking this opportunity to find ways to see this time as one of change, to identify policies that may enhance women's health and healthcare. The survey will take about 15 minutes. 

Those who study women's health or work in the area of women's health are encouraged to participate.

Save the date for these two hour monthly sessions from February to September on Thursdays at 5 pm GMT and Fridays at 3:30 AM GMT. These webinar sessions will feature international experts, breakout sessions, and a global strategy developed to address the challenges of climate change.

Topics will be as follows:
February 25/26: Child Health and Sustainability: Defining and Responding to the Impact of Climate Change on Children
March 25/26: Understanding the Science of Climate Change and Launch of ISSOP Declaration on Climate Change
April 22/23: Hearing and Learning from the Voices of Youth and Indigenous Communities
May 27/28: Responding to the Health and Mental Health Effects of Climate Change
June 24/25: Greening Practices and Health Systems
July 29/30: Global Political and Economic Impact of Climate Change—Advocacy and Action
August 26/27: Leadership in a new World: Planetary Pediatrics and One Health
September 23/24: COP 26 (UN Clmate Change Summit) and the Child Health Community: ensuring that equitable policies are adopted for children and youth

The RSTMH 2021 Small Grants Programme is now open for applications. 
Early career researchers and global health professionals based anywhere in the world can apply for up to £5,000 of funding for up to one year on a topic related to tropical medicine and global health. The programme funds projects across the research spectrum, including lab-based, clinical, implementation and policy-related research.
Details on how to apply are on the RSTMH website. The deadline is April 15th, 2021.  

The Health Systems in Emergencies Lab at the Department of UHC/Health Systems of the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Global Health Institute at American University of Beirut are pleased to announce the launching of the online ‘Training Course on Refugees and Migrants’ Health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR)’.
The training course aims to share knowledge and promote evidence-informed and best practice interventions that are required for advancement of Universal Health Coverage, inclusion and social cohesion, as well as preparing for and responding to emergencies in the context of refugees and migrants in EMR.  
Learn more about the course.
Apply here.

This is an invitation to participate in a survey about how universities prepare students for sexual assault or harassment they might experience while conducting global fieldwork. This survey seeks to document how pre-departure trainings incorporate these topics, if at all. It can be completed by anyone who is a member of CUGH or works for an institution that is a member of CUGH; more than one individual from each institution can complete the survey. Participants will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for one of four $25 Amazon gift cards.

The Roux Prize is intended for anyone who has used health evidence in innovative ways to improve the health of the population. They welcome diverse entries: winners might be workers within government agencies, researchers at academic institutions, volunteers in charitable organizations, or health providers working in the community. 
The winner receives $100,000.

Join Teach Global Health for their 2020 educator workshop which has been rescheduled virtually for June 17-18 & 24-25, 2021: Teach Global Health: 2020 Summer Institute for Undergraduate Curriculum and Course Design. Additionally, Child Family Health International will be hosting the 'Integrating Experiential Education into Global Health Education' Educator Workshop during Fridays in February (5, 12, 19, 26), 2021.

EcoHealthNet is an undergraduate and graduate-level global research coordination network, funded by the National Science Foundation, to bring together world-class research scientists from medical, ecology, veterinary, epidemiology, virology, anthropology, climate science, data science, and economics fields that will advance One Health research and education. Advancements will take place through three activities: 1) creation of a peer network of undergraduate and graduate STEM students from various disciplines via one-week workshops that teach applied skills and provide in-person contact time with scientists actively conducting research related to anthropogenic environmental change, economics, and emerging diseases, which will also be delivered live as an interactive webinar to university students globally; 2) developing the next generation of One Health practitioners through mentored research projects that reflect One Health principles; 3) linking participants to professional science and policy associations. EcoHealthNet is designed to inspire broad, collaborative One Health research and create lasting connectivity among scientists from different disciplines as they advance in their careers. For 2021, the workshop will be transitioned to an online platform, and the research exchange projects will be completed remotely. Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest, a CV, and an academic letter of recommendation. 

To apply, please visit:

The annual symposium explores the cultural, diversity, equity, inclusion and access issues in health care. Each Symposium’s curriculum is developed by a faculty lead. The faculty lead helps guide the direction of the session planning, assists with finding presenters, and presents at the symposium. Several themes highlighted in the past include: Disabilities A Multidimensional Experience for All, Health Literacy: From Patient to Practitioner, Keeping your Heart in Care: Cultural Experiences in Palliative Care and Beyond, and Refugees in the Health System.
This year, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium will focus on Transgender Health. Continuing Education credit will offered. This event will be recorded and posted to the KU Medical Center’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion webpage.

Established in 2011 by Pure Earth, the Journal of Health and Pollution (https://meridian.allenpress.com/jhp) has become a successful open-source platform to allow academics in low and middle income countries to publish on toxins and environmental health without fees. Listed with PubMed and Scopus, the Journal has been growing steadily, currently publishing over 50 articles per year. With a change in donor focus, the Journal is looking for a new sponsor. Those interested in taking it over should contact Rich Fuller at fuller@pureearth.org.

Migrants and refugees health in the Mediterranean will be an in person class at the University of Barcelona and will take place April 27-May 6, 2021.

GIS for Exposure Assessment in Environmental Health Research will be a 5 day online course from May 3-7, 2021. Both of these courses will be run in English.

World Field Epidemiology Day is a global movement to recognize and raise awareness of the vital role of field epidemiologists in protecting the health of populations, thus advancing global health security, and to advocate for increased investment in field epidemiology training, research, and professionals. We invite you and your organizations to join us in marking this day by sharing stories and information, planning events, and conducting outreach activities that highlight the impact of field epidemiologists on public health.  

Please visit www.worldfieldepidemiologyday.org for information on how you and your organization can get involved. Feel free to share this message with your networks, including the communications and/or advocacy focal points at your organization.

Looking forward to marking this day with our global community!

Each year, HGHC hosts one of the largest global health conferences in Texas and unites a range of interdisciplinary professionals with a passion for global health innovation and advancement. This year students and professionals from many schools and departments including Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, Engineering, and Research will be joining together to make our visions of global health a reality. Our conference program will include expert discussion panels and workshops:
February 25, 2021: Sustainable global health initiatives
March 4, 2021: Immigrant and refugee health + health policy and advocacy
March 11, 2021: COVID-19 in Houston, TX: New technologies, vaccines, and public health efforts
In addition to raising awareness and increasing collaboration amongst global health enthusiasts, this conference also serves to raise funds for students interested in conducting global health projects. Though there won’t be registration fees due to the pandemic, we would greatly appreciate a generous donation to the organization.

Job & Funding Opportunities
(see our new Jobs Board to see the latest listings)

Stempel College seeks an energetic and visionary leader to serve as the Inaugural Chair of the Department of Global Health. Ideally, the selected candidate will have current funding and a track record of research and educational activities in Global Health. The Chair will head a department with a varied and ambitious research portfolio and foster the success of faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, Masters, and PhD students in collaboration with other units and investigators within and outside of Stempel College.

The Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College invites applications for the position of Core Fellow/ Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies and in Global Public Health. The appointment for this one-year postdoctoral visiting assistant professorship will be for the 2021-2022 academic year. Salary is competitive, and the position is renewable upon favorable review for up to three years. Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university that strives to integrate research excellence with a foundational commitment to formative liberal arts education. Boston College requires all students to complete a liberal arts Core Curriculum with 15 requirements as the foundation of their undergraduate education. Core Fellows teach signature courses in the Core.

Read more and apply to be a Core Fellow in Environmental Studies here.
Read more and apply to be a Core Fellow in Global Public Health here.

Stanford University is seeking a post-doctoral fellow who will lead a randomized intervention among traditional kiln owners in Bangladesh that relaxes these barriers to improve kiln performance and ultimately reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. They envision one year of piloting and 18 months to complete the trial. The fellow will be centrally involved in design of the intervention and the trial. The fellow will also support other work aimed at reducing harmful emissions from brick kilns including facilitating graduate and undergraduate student engagement and developing proposals and projects of their own interest. They expect multiple manuscripts to come out of this work and that the postdoc would lead at least two. The selected postdoc will be part of a cohort who will receive training through Stanford Impact Lab on approaches to conduct purposeful social science research to address big social problems. International students are welcome to apply. 

The Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU), within the Health Systems Program in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, is seeking candidates for a Senior Research Associate or Assistant Scientist position to serve as Operations Manager for a new USAID-funded project, Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems (ReLAB-HS).

IDEAL is inviting organizations engaged in emergency and non-emergency food and nutrition security activities to apply for a Qualitative Monitoring and Evaluation Program Improvement Award (PIA).

This Request for Applications (RFA) is soliciting applications that strengthen the capacity of USAID Title II implementers to incorporate qualitative analysis into monitoring and evaluation. Applications will support the development, testing, packaging, and sharing of processes, systems, and tools to improve qualitative data collection, analysis, and utilization in support of USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance strategy and policy.
For each grant, IDEAL will award no more than $100,000 US dollars for up to 12 months of implementation. The application deadline is March 5th, 2021.

The Center for Global Health at the Perelman School of Medicine seeks candidates to serve as a Program Leader in the Penn Medicine Center for Excellence in Cardiology – Vietnam. Applicants must have a M.D or M.D./Ph.D. degree. Board certification in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease at a US-national or international level is strongly preferred. Candidates will be eligible for associated faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania depending on qualifications. The primary responsibility of the position is to guide the education and clinical functions of the Center, which is jointly held by Penn and the Vinmec Health System. The position is based in Hanoi, Vietnam, however close linkage to Penn’s clinical cardiology program is essential.

The Fogarty International Center at NIH offers funding to support global health research. Fogarty also offers a variety of resources for those seeking global health research funding across NIH, and from other organizations.

The following three resources from Johns Hopkins University are continuously updated repositories of federal and private funding opportunities for individuals in various stages of their career.
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