June 11th, 2021

Dear colleague,

Our hearts go out to the terrible atrocities inflicted upon innocent civilians in the Sahel. We hope the international community works with those countries to protect innocent civilians in the region. We also hope the famines in Ethiopia, Yemen and other areas receive the urgent international attention they require. Food insecurity is inevitable, but famines are not. Many lives will be lost if these challenges are not addressed urgently.

In this bulletin you will see important updates and information about CUGH2022. The conference portal will be opening very soon so you can submit abstracts, panel proposals and take advantage of the early bird registration rates.

We are also opening a new section in our bulletin which will also be on our website. ‘Stories from the Field’ is a platform that will feature commentaries from colleagues in low and low middle-income countries about innovations, challenges and opportunities from their perspectives.

Please share this bulletin widely so others can take advantage of the opportunities within it. 

Best wishes,

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

The CUGH 2022 theme is, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, Social Justice. It will be held at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, Apr. 1-3. In person satellite sessions will take place on March 31st. Most will be free and open to all, but require separate registration. Virtual satellite sessions will take place Mar. 21-25. 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. Later this month the portal www.cugh2022.org will open so you can register for the conference, accept abstracts, and, for members, submit panel proposals. 

We hope to see you next April in LA!

Notes From the Field

CUGH is creating a new section in its monthly bulletin devoted to commentaries from scientists, researchers or implementers from low and low middle-income countries. These commentaries will describe innovations, challenges and opportunities in global health from their perspectives. Submissions should be between 500 to 800 words. Submitters can also include videos describing the issue. Some will be published in our bulletin every month, as well as on www.cugh.org. We hope this effort will increase awareness of these issues. Please submit your commentaries before the last day of the month using the following form.

This is a critical moment for the WHO. The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness recently released its findings. The international community, as member states, now have an opportunity to pass much needed reforms that will strengthen the organization.  Our May 25th Webinar, "How we can Strengthen the WHO" featured former WHO Assistant Director General, Dr. Ala Alwan who was also a former minister of health in Iraq and Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, the current director of INSERM in France. Listen to their suggestions on how we can strengthen this vital global, public health organization.


Dis and misinformation are leading threats to democracy, state stability and our health. CUGH has been working with First Draft News,(www.firstdraftnews.org) the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, (pulitzercenter.org) and Johns Hopkins’ Global Health Now (globalhealthnow.org) to address these challenges. Please see and share this excellent webinar we held on May 11th with First Draft News titled ‘Learn How to combat Disinformation’.

See also misinformation resources from First Draft News:

Training page with resources in English, Spanish and French:

Essential Guides in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Hindi:

Basic toolkit dashboard:

Also, check out resources created by Melissa Salm and Dr. Ryan Hodgeman of CUGH’s Research Committee that can be used to combat science disinformation: the Anti-Science Resource Sheet and Guide for Countering Anti-Science Attitudes and Handling Misinformed Views.

Colleagues in institutions in low-income countries have told us that strengthening education is their top priority. Indeed, health workforce deficits are significant worldwide but especially in nations where the need is greatest. This will worsen over time. To help address this, we created an online capacity building database so that institutions, esp. 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.

If your institution needs trainers and curricula or has them to share, please use this site so we can connect training needs with educational assets.

Database link: www.CUGHCapacityBuilding.org  

The Lancet Global Health is seeking input on a fundamental question: What's wrong with global health? Submit your ideas which will be compiled and some of them will be shared widely. This effort will help us to understand how global health can reform to be more effective and equitable.

Please submit your ideas via the following link:

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.

Annals of Global Health is a peer-reviewed, fully open access, online journal dedicated to publishing high quality articles dedicated to all aspects of global health. The journal's mission is to advance global health, promote research, and foster the prevention and treatment of disease worldwide. Its goals are to improve the health and well-being of all people, advance health equity and promote wise stewardship of the earth's environment.
Authors of articles accepted for publication in Annals of Global Health are asked to pay an Article Publication Charge (APC). This fee is used in its entirety to cover fixed publication costs and can often be sourced from institutional resources or grant funding. Because they are committed to publishing good work from all countries regardless of national income level, they waive the Article Publication Charge for manuscripts where all authors are from low-income or lower-middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank).
From time to time, Annals of Global Health publishes Special Collections, series of articles organized around a common theme in global health. Recent Special Collections have included "Human Health and Ocean Pollution", "Building Health Research Capacity in Rwanda; A Multi-Year Journey", "2020 Year of the Nurse", and "The Afrehealth-MEPI Partnership and Global Health Education in Africa". Colleagues interested in developing a Special Collection are strongly encouraged to contact the Managing Editor in advance to discuss the project.

Keep up-to-date with Annals of Global Health on twitter by following them at @AOGH_journal
Please see and share the journal widely.

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.

One Health approaches are crucial to addressing complex health challenges including zoonotic diseases, biodiversity losses, food security and safety, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, and more. However, their integration into global health and medical training programs is largely missing. The Albert Einstein College of Medicine convened leaders in One Health on how to integrate OneHealth into the training of health professionals.
News & External Events

AFREhealth will host its 4th annual symposium August 4-5, 2021. The symposium's theme will be Social Justice and Equity for Health in Africa. Abstract submissions are open and will close June 18th, 2021. For more information, including how to attend the conference, please visit: https://afrehealth.org/2021symposium/

The AfroSurg Collaborative is a network of surgical stakeholders from six Southern African countries (Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) with the vision to create an African-led, regional network to enable evidence-based, context-specific, safe surgical care, which
is accessible, timely, and affordable for all.

Read the one-page report summarizing their recent 2-day conference, including information such as where the participants were from, the objective, and the outputs.


Recent CDC COVID-19 achievements, in collaboration with the Government of India, include:
  • Procured and delivered critical medical supplies including 500 jumbo type oxygen cylinders, oxygen supplies, COVID-19 test kits, and personal protective equipment (PPE). CDC is planning to procure oxygen generators and concentrators for healthcare facilities in hard-to-reach areas
  • Educated more than 15,500 public health and hospital personnel across 1,780 institutions, in five languages across all Indian states, on COVID-19 hospital preparedness and infection prevention and control (IPC). Training included 2,500 National Aids Control Program staff focused on IPC guidelines for people living with HIV
  • Supported COVID-19 contact tracing, and case/cluster/death investigations across 22 states through a network of over 300 public health professionals trained in field epidemiology across three hubs, including two Indian government institutions and the World Health Organization 
  • Provided technical guidance and training to more than 10,000 healthcare workers across 210 districts on safe sample collection, transport, and testing
  • Trained several thousand Indian counterparts on public health emergency management including postgraduate medical students, first line responders from national disaster response force, and rapid response team members; some are now leading India’s COVID-19 response efforts
  • Trained frontline health workers at airports, health facilities, and communities on safe laboratory practices and risk communication
  • Supported research focused on transmission and burden of COVID-19 to inform mitigation policy

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.

Although there are over 2,000 living languages in Africa, there are mainly four languages of higher education and used by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the continent. However, globally, English is the dominant language of science. Near fluency in reading and writing in English is required to engage in this broader scientific discourse. Failure to meet this standard limits the academic careers and influence of individual African researchers. This presents a challenge for the many African health science researchers who report English as a second, third or fourth language. What can individuals, institutions, governments and funders do to help address this challenge? This policy brief seeks to answer that question.

Be sure to read the World Health Summit's May newsletter for insights on global health, and information about M8 Alliance and community activities. Last month's edition includes: news on the WHO and Germany plan to establish a new global hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence in Berlin, US President Joe Biden's announcement of his support for temporarily waiving patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines, and the WHO’s decision-making body meeting, which began on May 24.

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.


Date: Wednesday 23 June, 2021; 9:00 AM (US Eastern Time), 1:00 PM (GMT), 2:00 PM (WAST), 3:00 PM (CAT, SAST), 4:00 PM (EAT)
Topic: Preparing the Health Workforce to engage with communities
Host: AFREhealth & ACHEST
Date: Wednesday 30 June, 2021; 8:00 AM (US Eastern Time), 12:00 PM (GMT), 1:00 PM (WAST), 2:00 PM (CAT, SAST), 3:00 PM (EAT)
Topic: Translational Science in Health Professions Education: Approaches to effective Implementation
Host: AFREhealth Health Professions Education Research (HPER) Technical Working Group (TWG)

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. Now, more than ever, global collaboration, evidence based medicine and knowledgeable providers are absolutely essential.

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. The ceremony enjoyed a very active live chat and had over 800 attendees.

If you missed the event, or would like to re-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

From April 21st-22nd, 2021, the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA), held the World Sepsis Congress 2021: Advancing Prevention, Survival, and Survivorship of Sepsis and COVID-19. Speakers from around the world presented innovative ideas and cutting edge knowledge to clinicians, governments, decision-makers, healthcare workers, industry, patient families, and survivors, addressing this often preventable cause of death. CUGH’s Executive Director, Dr. Keith Martin presented during the Opening Session on the ‘Role of Politics in Fighting Pandemics’.

Watch the opening session here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PzyryANdTM&t=3915s

Visit the World Sepsis Congress on Youtube and Apple Podcasts.

Read the two case studies on Covid-19 response in the US and Mexico from UCSF Institute for Global Health Executive Director Dr. Jaime Sepulveda, requested by the WHO Independent Panel.

US Covid-19 Response:

Mexico Covid-19 Response

Devex and City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can) are launching Cities Can, a new series examining how city-led approaches drive sustainable development, the most impactful success factors to accelerate progress toward the SDGs, and insights into the role of cities as agents of change.

Through an accompanying special report, Devex and C/Can set out to learn more about the challenges and best practices in implementing city-led initiatives to make them more meaningful and effective.

You can find all of the info here.

Join FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work for part II of the COVID-19 Vaccines: A Global Experts’ Summit on Friday, June 25, 2021, 9:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT, to hear from distinguished researchers and public health experts as they discuss the current global challenges and opportunities surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine, the latest on the new SARS-CoV-2 variants, and the efforts underway to stop the spread of the virus. Registration is now open: https://ghcfiu.org/registration

See the new NASEM report, The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, which explores how we can unleash the power of the nurse to build healthy communities for all.

Read the full report here.

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.

Catapulting off of Sepsis Alliance's successful 2020 Sepsis Alliance Summit with more than 4,000 registered attendees, Sepsis Tech and Innovation is a very exciting opportunity for Sepsis Alliance to expand its voice in the health innovation and technology space. Their ultimate goal is to help take the costly guesswork out of sepsis diagnosis and care. In addition to education and training, technology and innovation are critical to achieving major progress in reducing the burden of sepsis, both in terms of lives lost and resources spent. Sepsis may be the best opportunity to leverage tech and innovation to save lives and reduce health spending in the nation. 

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.

Choose from 15 short-term virtual courses during June 7–19, 2021: The Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is hosting a Health Systems Summer Institute. The Institute is a great opportunity for early- to mid-career public health professionals to expand their skill sets and improve job performance. All courses will be held fully online, with course options ranging in length from 3–6 half days.

New: For the first time ever, we have the opportunity to offer a reduced price for those who are taking the courses for non-credit. The reduced price is $200 per credit. Courses range from 2–3 credits.

Topics include global health technology and innovation, health economics, primary health care, humanitarian health, measurement and analytics for health systems strengthening, health equity, health systems management, and more.

Information on tuition and how to register can be found here

ENERGHY 14-day Summer School is a toolbox and a fresh experience to change perspective for a new generation of Global Health innovators. Designed to empower postgraduate students, researchers and young professionals to create new business models with global citizen-centric solutions aimed at democratizing health for all. The program will take place June 28th - July 15th, 2021. Learn more here.

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

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:
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

This pandemic has presented unique challenges for global health partnerships. In collaboration with the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), the Medical College of Wisconsin has created an impact survey to gain insight into these challenges and how partnerships have responded.

Please share your experience by clicking the link below to complete the survey. It should take approximately 15 minutes of your time. 

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.

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)

This Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) announces an opportunity for supplemental funding to active, eligible NCI-funded grants and cooperative agreements to support global cancer survivorship research. These administrative supplements are intended to support NCI-funded investigators to leverage existing relationships/partnerships with stakeholders in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to conduct research that will enhance understanding of the gaps in post-treatment follow-up care, with the goal of addressing physical and psychosocial needs of cancer survivors and their caregivers at the individual, facility, and systems levels.

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
Reform or Revolution in Global Health?
A treaty focused on pandemic preparedness and response, like that being championed by world leaders today, could improve global health security. But the COVID-19 crisis exposed more than just our lack of preparedness; it also highlighted the extent – and consequences – of systemic health inequities. Read here.

Nurdlemania: Behind the climate crisis lurks the plastics crisis. Be ready.
A container ship accident off the Sri Lankan coast is a stark reminder of the "other" planetary problem. Read here.
Global Health Journals & Newsletters
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