A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
July 16th, 2021

Dear colleague,

The SARS CoV-2 pandemic continues to have devastating effects and is keeping a bright light on the extreme inequalities the world is facing. On top of this the effects of climate change are battering countries around the world. These events are massive warning signals that are calling on us to urgently reduce our production of greenhouse gases.
At CUGH we have been advocating for surplus vaccines to be deployed from high income nations to low-income countries. Shortly, you will learn about the virtual, open access symposium we will be holding with some of our members on October 15th as a prelude to the COP26 meeting. This event will showcase an array of solutions from experts around the world on how we can address climate change.
In this bulletin you will see our invitation to you to submit abstracts, satellite sessions, panel proposals and to register for CUGH 2022 next April in Los Angeles. Also, please register for our upcoming webinars and look at the array of opportunities, events and reports that may be of great interest to anyone involved in global health. Please share this bulletin with your networks so that others can benefit from the information within it.

Best wishes,




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

CUGH 2022, 'Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Social Justice' will be held at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, Apr. 1st-3rd. In person satellite sessions will take place on March 31st. Virtual satellite sessions will take place Mar. 21st-25th. The main conference will be in person and live streamed, so if you are unable to attend the meeting in LA, you can do so online. In person attendees will also have full access to online streaming. All material will be available to all registrants for up to one year after the conference concludes. See www.cugh2022.org to register for the conference, submit abstracts, and, for members, submit panel proposals. 

We hope to see you next April in LA!
Presenters: Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO
Dr. Samira Asma, Assistant Director General for Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact
Dr. Peter Singer, Adviser to WHO’s Director General Dr. Tedros
Moderator: Dr. Keith Martin, Executive Director, CUGH 

The WHO is the central, global, public health organization responsible for tackling the health challenges that know no borders. Three leaders from the organization will share what the WHO is doing and what is needed to strengthen its science, data, funding and governance. The webinar will take place on July 29th at 11 am ET.


Attention colleagues from LMICs

If you are a scientist, researcher or implementer from a low or low middle-income country, send us a commentary that describes innovations, challenges and opportunities in global health. Submissions should be between 500 to 800 words. Submitters can also include videos that showcase the issue. Some of the submissions will be published in our bulletin every month, as well as on our website here. We hope this effort will increase awareness of these issues.

Submit using the following form:

In Ghana, up to three-quarters of prostate cancers are diagnosed at advanced stages. The late detection of the disease is a reflection of the high mortality rate, high cost of illness, and poor management outcomes. Evidence from autopsy reports has revealed that some Ghanaian men died without knowing they had prostate cancer. These deaths could have been controlled if the disease had been detected in the localized stage.


Health human resources deficits in low-income countries are significant. Colleagues in these nations have said that building their capacity to train their workers is a top priority. To help address this, we created an online capacity building database so that institutions, especially in low resource settings, could share their training needs (trainers and curricula) across biomedical and non-biomedical disciplines. Those who have these assets and are willing to share them can post on the site too. Please use the following site to connect training needs with educational assets and collaborate with our colleagues to strengthen their training capabilities.

Database link: www.CUGHCapacityBuilding.org  

The scientific abstracts from the 9th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research at CUGH 2021, along with a commentary from the Steering Committee, were published as a special supplement in the American Association for Cancer Research’s Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
 
You can view both the commentary and abstracts with this link: https://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/30/7_Supplement

CUGH's Subcommittee on Master's and Undergraduate Degrees in Global Health (SMUDGH) has created and approved four one-page information sheets on advising, experiential learning, learning objectives, and curricula in global health.


Africa Health is the principle output of African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), an initiative promoted by a network of African and international leaders in health and development. It is an independent Think Tank and a network. 

The journal has filled an important gap in the literature in Africa and for many readers it has been the only CPD publication received and is dedicated to healthcare publishing and continuing professional development in Africa.

View and support the Africa Health Journal here.
RESOURCES ON PLANETARY HEALTH

Planetary health science is clear: we can no longer safeguard human health into the future unless we change course. The following resources provide insights about the issue of planetary health as well as discuss possible solutions.

The Promise of Planetary Health is a 10 minute video about possible solutions for the issue of planetary health.

The Sao Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health was an annual meeting to address the issues of planetary health.

At CUGH we have compiled a number of superb products that we hope will help people to address any mental health challenges they may be facing. This material can save lives so please share it widely.


The Lancet Voice is a recent podcast venture from The Lancet which looks to push beyond the traditional Lancet academic audience into the wider public imagination with stories of health and care from around the world. We see it as one of our missions to platform authentic voices and to talk about the qualitative aspects of health that come from lived experience, and we’re very pleased to reach out through CUGH to help share stories that might not usually be told.

Please listen to one of the most recent episodes at thelancetvoice.buzzsprout.com, and feel free to reach out to podcasts@lancet.com with your pitches on the topic of surprising and affecting stories from health and health care in underserved populations.

The Lancet Regional Health – Americas is the latest title in The Lancet’s global initiative to advocate for health-care quality and access in all regions of the world. The journal is now open for submissions. It aims to foster the advance of clinical practice and health policy in the Americas, with the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes. The journal considers high-quality original research that advocates change in, or illuminates, clinical practice and health policy in the Americas. It also considers relevant reviews, commentaries, and opinion pieces. The journal invites submissions that are pertaining to regional health topics, including but not limited to infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, child and adolescent health, maternal and reproductive health, mental health, emergency care, health policy and health equity.

News & External Events

The African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth)'s 4th Annual Symposium, Social Justice and Equity for Health in Africa will be held virtually and will take place on August 4th-5th, 2021. Register: https://afrehealth.org/2021symposium/register

Registration closes July 31st, 2021.

Join the Caribbean community and international partners October 5-8, 2021 for 4 days of immersion in the science of climate change and health in the Caribbean. Identifying knowledge gaps, posing solutions, resource sharing, networking, and empowerment will take place as we work together to address the critical public health issue of climate change, and find a sustainable way to live healthy lives.

Speakers, registration, and calls-for-papers to be announced soon. View the flyer here. Please share this widely.

This High Level Independent Panel was asked by the G20 in January 2021 to propose how financing can be organized, systematically and sustainably, to reduce the world’s vulnerability to future pandemics.
The report sets out critical and actionable solutions and investments to meet this challenge. We urge that our proposals be discussed, developed further, and implemented as a matter of urgency.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford Emergency Medicine International alongside the Stanford Center for Health Education and its Digital Medic initiative launched a free digital COVID-19 Training Course for Healthcare Workers. This video-based training covers high-priority topics for emergency response through short, self-paced learning modules. Over 70,000 learners have enrolled since July 2020, and have rated the course 4.9 / 5 stars on Coursera. It is particularly designed for health practitioners in regions suffering from a high prevalence of COVID-19.

Please share this announcement widely with your networks and visit the Digital Medic website for more COVID-19 resources.
 
Learn more and enroll for free:
     Coursera: Access the full course, with the option for certification
●     YouTube: View and share course videos
ई मेल विज्ञप्ति
 
विषय रेखा: हिंदी में स्वास्थ्य सेवा कर्मचारियों के लिए कोविड-19 प्रशिक्षण अब उपलब्ध
 
कोविड-19 महामारी की अनुक्रिया में, स्टैन्फ़र्ड इमर्जेन्सी मेडिसिन इंटर्नैशनल ने स्टैन्फ़र्ड सेंटर फ़ॉर हेल्थ एजुकेशन और उसके डिजिटल मेडिक प्रस्ताव के साथ एक निःशुल्क स्वास्थ्य सेवा कर्मचारियों के लिए कोविड-19 प्रशिक्षण पाठ्यक्रम का लोकार्पण किया। इस विडीओ-आधारित प्रशिक्षण में संक्षिप्त, स्व गति के अभ्यास भागों के माध्यम से आपातकालीन प्रतिक्रिया के लिए प्रमुख महत्त्व के विषय निहित हैं। जुलाई 2020 से 70,000 शिक्षार्थी से ऊपर पंजीकृत हो चुके हैं, और उन्होंने इस पाठ्यक्रम को कोर्सेरा में 4.9 / 5 सितारों का मान दिया है।
 
आज, हम स्वास्थ्य सेवा कर्मचारियों के लिए निःशुल्क कोविड-19 प्रशिक्षण के हिंदी अनुवाद को साझा करने के लिए उत्साहित हैं। हमारा उद्देश्य इस अत्यावश्यक स्वास्थ्य सेवा शिक्षा को विश्व भर में अधिक काय चिकित्सकों, परिचारिकाओं, सामाजिक स्वास्थ्य सेवा कर्मचारियों, और अन्य स्वास्थ्य सेवा चिकित्सकों तक पहुँचाना है, विशेषतः उन क्षेत्रों में जो कोविड-19 के अत्यधिक मामलों से जूझ रहे हैं।
 
सभी कर्मचारी प्रभावित मरीज़ों की पहचान करने, उन्हें स्थिर करने और उनका उपचार करने के लिए तैयार होने चाहिए। कृपया इस विज्ञप्ति का अपने नेटवर्क में व्यापक रूप से प्रचार करें और अधिक कोविड-19 संसाधनों के लिए डिजिटल मेडिक वेबसाइट पर जाएँ।
 
और सीखें व निःशुल्क पंजीकृत हों:
     कोर्सेरा: पूरा पाठ्यक्रम देख पाएँ, प्रमाणित करने के विकल्प के साथ
     यूट्यूब: पाठ्यक्रम की विडीओज़ देखें और साझा करें  

Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ is actively working with the Ministry of Public Health and the Government Council of Galapagos in a mass vaccination campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic, to make Galapagos the first immunized archipelago in Latin America. Read all about USFQ's efforts in this article.

The University of Washington Global and Rural Health Fellowship is now accepting applications for Internal Medicine and Medicine-Pediatrics physicians who are interested in becoming leaders and experts in the fields of global and rural health. This Global and Rural Health Fellowship is a two year training program where fellows spend one year living and working with Native populations in Alaska and South Dakota and one year working abroad on medical education and/or research projects with University of Washington faculty and mentors. In addition to a weekly structured curriculum, fellows can also obtain a Master’s Degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine or attend tropical medicine courses. For more information, contact Francis Montes at fmontes@uw.edu or go to https://globalhealth.washington.edu/education-training/residents-fellows/global-and-rural-health-fellowship  

Cures Within Reach (www.cureswithinreach.org), a leading nonprofit in repurposing research, has a funding opportunity Request for Proposals for underrepresented researchers and clinicians in low and lower-middle income countries (LMICs): ReGRoW – Repurposing Grants for the Rest of the World. At least 3 grants between US$25,000 - US$50,000 are available for PIs in LMICs (per the World Bank) who are investigating how off-patent drugs, nutraceuticals and indigenous medicines can be repurposed for the treatment of any unsolved disease in their own communities. Proposal submission deadline is August 6, 2021.

More details at http://bit.ly/cwrrfps or contact Clare Thibodeaux, PhD at clare@cureswithinreach.org.

The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for faculty and students to share their work and ideas during the Catalyze 2022 Conference, March 3-5, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Proposals for educational breakout sessions should be submitted no later than September 13, 2021.

Proposals will be considered in the following categories: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Wellbeing, Faculty Professional Development, Research and Discovery, Education, Post-Pandemic Reorientation.


Watch TUFH's most recent webinar, which addresses the challenges faced in establishing new medical schools in Africa. The webinar featured CUGH Board member Quentin Eichbaum as well as several members of CONSAMS speaking on this topic.

A RANGE OF PRODUCTS THAT WILL HELP TO INCREASE VACCINE UPTAKE - FROM THE CORE GROUP


Efforts towards universal health coverage (UHC) are only starting to include oral health and oral health care which are fundamental to overall health and well-being. Read the article from the WHO here.

The Global Medical Education Collaborative (GMEC) is committed to ensuring that no medical student has to stop learning. They offer free, virtual, low-bandwidth tutorials to medical students in low and middle income countries so that every medical student has access to high-quality virtual education.

To sign up as a learner, go to https://www.gmecollab.org/book-online. To become a tutor, please visit www.gmecollab.org/become-a-tutor.

The Tyler Prize Awards Ceremony, which took place on June 3rd, featured two of the world’s brightest minds in the field of Natural Capital: Conservation Biologist Gretchen C. Daily, and Environmental Economist Pavan Sukhdev.

If you missed the event, and would like to watch it, you can find the direct link here. Additionally, study guides have been created from the event.

Submission deadline: September 22, 2021, 5 pm (PT).

The John and Alice Tyler Prize is awarded for environmental science, health and energy conferring great benefit upon humanity. The Prize is endowed by gifts from the John and Alice Tyler Charitable Trusts, and awardees are chosen annually by the Executive Committee.

For nomination information and procedure please visit: tylerprize.org/nominate

Visit the UC Berkeley and the Health Initiative of the Americas resource page for information about COVID-19 in the US, Mexico, and Colombia.

UC Davis also has a website dedicated to COVID-19 resources which features printable resources, training tools, events, and Spanish and Indigenous language informational videos.

Please also check out the "We Can Do This" campaign, which features various COVID-19 resources translated into a variety of languages such as Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Korean.

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.

Fall Session: September 15-October 27

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:
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

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

Please see the new Alliance for Advancing Health Online, the Vaccine Confidence Fund and its RFP.  An independent global research fund has been established to support better understanding of the relationship between social media and confidence in COVID-19 and routine vaccinations. 

Facebook and MSD, members of the Bay Area Global Health Alliance, have each committed $20 million to this multi-year initiative, which will initially focus on addressing vaccine hesitancy and vaccine equity with a strong focus on historically excluded or marginalized communities. The Bay Area Global Health Alliance will serve as a convener. 

THE PROPOSAL DEADLINE IS AUGUST 6TH, 2021. Read more and submit here.

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).

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.
Featured Reading & Listening
Making enough progress on climate change, and looking at COVID-19's effect on malnutrition
Naomi Oreskes joins The Lancet Voice to talk about tackling climate change in time to avoid disaster, misinformation, and scientific messaging, then Saskia Osendarp and Shweta Khandelwal discuss how COVID-19 has exacerbated the world's malnutrition problem, with a specific focus on India. Listen here.

mRNA Vaccines May Pack More Persistent Punch Against COVID Than Thought
Many people have experienced a sense of gratitude and relief after receiving the new COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. But all of us are also wondering how long the vaccines will remain protective against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.
Earlier this year, clinical trials of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines indicated that both immunizations appeared to protect for at least six months. Now, a study in the journal Nature provides some hopeful news that these mRNA vaccines may be protective even longer. Read here.
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