March 26th, 2021

Dear colleague,

A light appears during this very traumatic time. Thankfully, we are seeing, in many parts of the world, a decrease in the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 and an increase in the number of people being vaccinated. However, there is much to be done. Access to the vaccines against the virus is not equitable. Low and middle income countries are not able to access the vaccines they need. This is a terrible expression of the disparities that continue to exist and one that demands the urgent attention of the high-income countries that have secured vaccines often well beyond their needs. With you, CUGH will continue to advocate for an accelerated ramping up in access to vaccines for all countries via the Covax Facility.

On a happy note, our annual conference just finished. It was our first virtual conference. We had no idea of the outcome so I am extremely pleased to tell you that we  had a record number of attendees (1950 for the meeting, >5000 for the satellite sessions)  from the widest geographic representation (100 nations) and the feedback has been extremely encouraging. I'd like to thank all of you who attended our conference, our host institutions, sponsors, vendors, volunteers and my staff: Dalal, our Deputy Director; Jenna, our Events & Membership Engagement Manager and the point person for the meeting; Julia, our Administration & Communications Coordinator; the staff at our host institutions, Jessica from Confex, and Doris and Norm from Management Services International.

The 30 pre-conference satellite sessions were free to attend and links to them are in this bulletin. Please share them widely so that individuals who did not see them can benefit from them.  For those who attended the conference, the online material will be available to you on the Confex site until March 2022.

This bulletin also contains some of the top abstracts from the conference published in the Lancet Global Health, a commentary Zoe Mullan, the Editor of the Lancet Global Health, and I wrote, awardees from the conference, tools for combating disinformation, job opportunities and much more. Please stay safe, encourage people to get vaccinated and share this bulletin with your networks.

Best wishes,

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

Please see an overview of CUGH2021. Over 5000 people attended our 30 satellite sessions and 1950 individuals registered for the conference. It was our most successful conference to date. We are extremely grateful to all the registrants, sponsors, vendors and volunteers who assisted us in this effort. The satellite sessions are open to all and the conference material is available to all the registrants until March 2022. Please continue to share material from the event widely.

CUGH held 2 Keynote Interviews, 5 Global Health Leader Interviews, and 10 plenary sessions. You can watch them all here.

CUGH hosted 30 satellite sessions at CUGH 2021. These half to full day sessions, on a range of important global health issues, were open to all. Please see and share these recordings of the sessions with your networks.

Distinguished Leader Award Co-Winners

Dr. Patricia Davidson, PhD, Med, RN, FAAN
Dean, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, MD
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institute of Health

Mid-Career Award
Dr. Cheryl Moyer, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor, Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan
Early Career Award
Ms. Grace Umutesi
Research Department Manager at Partners In Health’s sister organization, Inshuti Mu Buzima, Rwanda

We are very grateful to the editor of the Lancet Global Health, Ms. Zoe Mullan for publishing some of the top abstracts submitted to CUGH 2021. Check them out here.

How do we build forward better in a post Covid-19 world? Please see and share this editorial by the Lancet Global Health’s editor Zoe Mullan and CUGH’s Executive Director, Dr. Keith Martin as they describe specific reforms we in the global health community can adopt to have a more profound impact on the global challenges we are facing.

The following are the winners of the Lancet Global Health-CUGH Best Student Poster Competition for 2021. 8 winners were selected in total, one for each of the 8 tracks for the conference.

  • Covid-19 and Global Health | Real-Time Isothermal Nucleic Acid Amplification Detection in Resource-Limited Settings With an Open-Source Miniature Fluorimeter, Jackson Coole
  • Addressing the Social Determinants of Health | Understanding the Childbirth Preferences of Women in Benin City, Nigeria, Debra Eluobaju
  • Non-Communicable Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases & Other Communicable Diseases | Neglected Elements of Cancer Control During The COVID-19 Pandemic in Africa: Call for Action from 2019-2020 African Cancer Research and Control ECHO Programme, Annet Nakaganda
  • Politics, Law, Corruption, Human Rights, Governance, Diplomacy, Strengthening Public Institutions | Eyes Wide Shut: Uncovering Gender Bias in Global Health Leadership, Ashley M. Bersani
  • Planetary Health, One Health, Environmental Health, Climate Change and Pollution | Community-based Environmental Design Actions for One Health: The InterAction Labs program, Jorge A. Alarcon
  • Strengthening Health Systems, Public Health, Primary and Surgical Care | Anveshan ñ Identifying the value of blockchain immunization documentation in India, Joy Liu
  • Translational and Implementation Science, High Impact Development Initiatives, from Research to Policy, Reforming Academia | Wellvoyage: A Mobile Application for Global Health Safety and Wellness, Swara Chokshi
  • Global Health Education | With the radio blaring, can CHW ‘Home Talks’ make any difference?, Shombit Chaudhuri

The CUGH Global Health Competency Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the CUGH Education Committee. The subcommittee’s members serve 2 year terms. We are calling for nominations to add 6 new members to the subcommittee.

Subcommittee’s Mission:
To define global health competencies appropriate for several levels of training and job expectations, and to propose ways of using competencies in the design of global health curricula. Refer to: https://www.cugh.org/committees/global-health-competency-subcommittee
How to apply:
If you are interested in serving on this subcommittee, please e-mail Dr. Carlos Faerron, Member of the Nominating Committee (cfaerron@cisgcr.org), by March 31st, 2021. Please include a 250 word biographical sketch and a 250 word statement of interest.

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

First Draft News ( www.firstdraftnews.org ) provides free information and tools on how you can combat disinformation. Stay one step ahead of those spreading conspiracy theories and false claims about vaccines and other issues with Flexible Learning Courses and material, designed and run by First Draft’s highly experienced team. You can join as many online workshops as you wish. They’re free, easy to access and only take 30 minutes. The course is available in nine languages and across three time zones.

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News & External Events

This year we lost the exceptional African scientist and leader Dr. James G. Hakim to Covid-19. We were all devastated to hear of his passing and sent our condolences to his family and friends.

To honour him, Dr. Hakim will be memorialized through an annual award to be established in his name, supported by the African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth), the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) and the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

Dr. James G. Hakim (1954-2021) was an acclaimed researcher and professor and a profoundly important leader in advancing medical research and education in Africa. He was the chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare; a founding member of AFREhealth; a member and esteemed partner to CUGH; and a longstanding, prominent grantee of the Fogarty International Center.

Each year, the Dr. James G. Hakim Award will provide an African health trainee or early-career health professional with funding to cover registration and travel to the annual CUGH meeting, where they will be recognized. Applicants will compete for the award by submitting an abstract for CUGH’s annual conference. To be eligible, they must be a citizen of an African country with primary professional affiliation with an Africa-based institution and currently enrolled in a degree-granting educational program from an accredited African university, or no more than five years from receiving a terminal degree.
The inaugural award will be given in 2022.

From April 21st through 22nd of 2021, the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA), located at the Charité in Berlin, is holding the World Sepsis Congress 2021, titled Advancing Prevention, Survival, and Survivorship of Sepsis and COVID-19. The WSC2021 is a free online congress open to all. Speakers from around the world will be presenting innovative ideas and cutting edge knowledge to clinicians, governments, decision-makers, healthcare workers, industry, patient families, and survivors, who are engaged and committed to addressing this often preventable cause of death. CUGH’s Executive Director, Dr. Keith Martin will be presenting on the Opening session, April 21st, 1400hrs CST (Berlin Time) on the ‘Role of Politics in Fighting Pandemics’.

Are you hard at work trying to make meaningful change in global health and wellbeing? Do you want to demonstrate the economic benefits of your program or intervention? Is your funder asking for this?
If so, join Tufts Medical Center for a webinar on user-friendly tools to identify high-value global health interventions. They will present approaches and sources of information for making determinations about value, and explore how data can be adapted to fit the local context. The discussion will also examine how economic evaluations can integrate equity considerations for priority setting. The conversation is particularly relevant as the world confronts questions about the equitable allocation of resources to combat COVID-19.

Featured speakers will be Dan Ollendorf, PhD, Director, Value Measurement & Global Health Initiatives, Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health, Tufts Medical Center and Ijeoma Edoka, PhD, Research Director, South African Medical Research Council/Wits Centre for Health Economics and Decision Science

Dr. Jon Patz (CUGH Board member) and colleagues authored this article on how the rapid global spread and impact of SARS-CoV-2, show humanity's vulnerability to zoonotic disease pandemics. Although anthropogenic land use change is known to be the major driver of zoonotic pathogen spillover from wildlife to human populations, the scientific underpinnings of land use-induced zoonotic spillover have rarely been investigated from the landscape perspective. Read the article here.

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

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 NYU for this novel interdisciplinary symposium which will be provided as a remote learning experience for an update on asthma, COPD, and environmental interactions. Course material will include a discussion of clinical presentations and basic mechanisms of severe and difficult-to-treat asthma and COPD with the goal towards optimization of personalized treatment approaches. 

Register for the course here.

Decolonizing Global Health is a five-part series which focuses on global health, colonialism, and how to foster change in global health research, education, and practice. The fourth session, "Decolonizing Global Health Education," will feature Lorrie L. King, MPH, Decolonizing Development Instructor, Master of Development Practice Program, Laney Graduate School, Emory University; Dr. Jose A. Ferreira, Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, Office of International Affairs, School of Medicine, FASEH; and Dr. Juan Leon, Associate Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

Register for the webinar here.

Submit your abstract by April 21 for the ASTMH 70th Annual Meeting, November 17-21, 2021, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, adjacent to Washington, DC. The conference is planned to be an in-person meeting with online aspects.

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 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.

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:
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

This webinar will explore the increasing prevalence of people who have been infected with COVID-19 and who now present with Long COVID” or post-COVID syndrome.

Participants will hear from two physiotherapists who themselves are living with Long COVID, about their daily challenges and how they are managing in their daily lives. You will also be provided with evidence-based information on the prevalence and pathology of long COVID, as well as a closer look at the cardiopulmonary complications associated with the condition.
Time: 12:00 PM (US ET); 4:00 PM (GMT); 5:00 PM (WAST); 6:00 PM (SAST, CAT); 7:00 PM EAT

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.  

Mobile pastoralists are one of the last populations to be reached by health services and are frequently missed by health campaigns. Since health interventions among pastoralists have been staged across a range of disciplines but have not yet been systematically characterised, these articles set out to fill this gap.

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.

In this editorial, the American Journal of Health Promotion proclaim the 25 books relating to the health promotion profession that they consider “must reads.” While several of our selections are standard bearer textbooks that have informed the training of graduates from Schools of Public Health for several decades, many of our best books finalists are best-selling books that have garnered tremendous accolades in the popular press.

Join the Bioethics Interest Group as they revisit the topic of vaccine ethics, joined by 1Day Sooner to discuss human challenge trials. COVID-19 has raised a plethora of ethical issues – from prevention and containment to cure and management. Please join leading experts to discuss these issues in a Bioethics Interest Group (BIG) webinar series focused on COVID-19 ethical considerations. Hosted by the Office of Research Excellence (ORE), these free webinars will host ethics experts from GW, the United States, and abroad to discuss key ethical dilemmas and principles precipitated by the pandemic. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions brought about during this unprecedented crisis. For more information on BIG, please see the ORE website.

Please note that you must sign in with your first and last name visible in zoom. If you are unable to attend the meeting, the recording is available here: https://publichealth.gwu.edu/research/policy-procedure-guidance#webinars

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

The Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College invites applications for the position of Core Fellow/ Visiting Assistant Professor 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 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).

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
Fewer Black People Are Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine - and It's Rooted in Distrust of the Health Care System
The COVID vaccine is rolling out across the US—but the larger medical system is still struggling to talk to vaccine-hesitant Black Americans with empathy while acknowledging their skepticism. Read here.

What Does a Pandemic Ending Look Like?
The pandemic won’t end just because we’d like it to. On the Media puts that question to Rachael Piltch-Loeb, a Preparedness Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an associate research scientist at the New York University School of Global Public Health. Read here.
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