May 20th, 2021

Dear colleague,

Our hearts go out to those living in India. The spread of SARS CoV-2, escalating death rates and lack of access to basic care has been terrible to see. We certainly hope that the government of India will urgently implement the policies that will curb the spread of the virus, and enable the people to receive the care they need. This is not only a national catastrophe for India, but it is one that threatens the adjacent countries and indeed the world. We also hope that high income nations will share excess vaccines with the Covax Facility and support its efforts to dramatically increase the availability of these vaccines with low- and middle-income nations. 

In this bulletin you will see a comprehensive collection of reports, products, events, journals, webinars and more that we hope will help you and your colleagues to address the pressing global health challenges before us. Importantly, please share this bulletin with your networks. This will help others to benefit from the material within it.
I hope that you and yours will be safe and receive a vaccine if you have not been able to do so already.

Best wishes,

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

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 11 with First Draft News titled ‘Learn How to combat Disinformation’.

Also, check out the 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.
Register now for the May 25th 12pm-1pm EST CUGH webinar titled "How we can Strengthen the WHO" with Dr. Ala Alwan, former Assistant Director General of the WHO and former Minister of Health of Iraq, and Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, Former Assistant Director General WHO-Health Systems and Innovation who will discuss how we can reform and strengthen this vital global, public health organization. This is a very timely webinar given the recently released report by the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness.

Please see and share this wonderful overview of CUGH2021 by Dr. Beryne Odeny in PLOS Medicine. This write-up includes the highlights from our recent conference and a thoughtful consideration of what we at CUGH attempt to do to address the challenges before us.

In case you missed it, the Fogarty Center at NIH has published an overview of CUGH 2021: read it here!

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.

Gun Violence is a growing global public health problem, especially in the Americas. Firearms and other weapons contribute to countless deaths, devastating harm, permanent disabilities and disruptions of communities that result in humanitarian crises in this region. This region has the highest rates of lethal and non-lethal gun violence in the world.

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.

First Draft News ( www.firstdraftnews.org ) provides free information and tools on how you can combat disinformation. Learn how to combat the spread of conspiracy theories, false claims about vaccines, climate change 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.

Every year a number of students from the University of California system intern in our office. Mr. Jacob Paredes interned in our office in 2020. He wrote the following commentary on the environment and health during his time with us.

News & External Events

"The scenes of suffering in India are hard to comprehend. As of May 4, more than 20.2 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported, with a rolling average of 378,000 cases a day, together with more than 222,000 deaths, which experts believe are likely to be substantial underestimates. Hospitals are overwhelmed, and health workers are exhausted and becoming infected."

Read this Lancet editorial on India's current COVID-19 crisis, and what the government can do to prevent further death and illness.

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.

View the recording from AFREhealth's webinar on strengthening your ability to get your abstract or paper accepted for publication. The webinar featured Lancet Global Health's editor Ms. Zoe Mullan, and AFREhealth's Professor Jean Nachega.

Please kindly RSVP your attendance and take the opportunity to submit a question, to be answered live by our new laureates. In this 2021 virtual event, we shine a light on two of the world’s brightest minds in the field of Natural Capital. Conservation Biologist Gretchen C. Daily, and Environmental Economist Pavan Sukhdev tell two sides of the same story, and it’s one we cannot afford to ignore. Join the live virtual event on Thursday 3rd June, at 11:00am PDT | 2:00pm EDT | 8:00pm CEST Award Ceremony | Laureate Acceptance | Laureate Discussion and Q&A.

The NIMHD's 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.

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 please visit: https://afrehealth.org/2021symposium/


On April 2, 2020, tragedy struck the global health community in Washington, DC. Our friend and colleague Maeve McKean, the Executive Director of Georgetown University's Global Health Institute died in a tragic accident along with her 8 yr old son Gideon. We were devastated by this news.

In memory of Maeve McKean’s dedication to public service, and to honor a legal career devoted to serving others, the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law will support a Maeve McKean Women’s Law and Public Policy-O'Neill Institute Fellow each year to work in the Washington, DC community at an organization focused on solving the most intractable public health issues.

Bookending her dedicated career to serve the local and global communities, the Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellowship Program and the O’Neill Institute for Nation and Global Health Law are joining together to ensure Maeve’s legacy and impact continues after her tragic death in 2020.

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

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.

The research and development ecosystem has improved over the past decade to include pandemic infectious diseases, evidenced by the accelerated development of vaccines and monoclonal antibodies. However, gaps still remain as barriers to a truly efficient and effective end-to-end R&D preparedness. Read this article in the Lancet Global Health to see proposed priorities for improved and faster functionality.

As the US continues to vaccinate its population at an accelerated rate, it is important to keep the rest of the world in mind. By sharing American vaccine resources ASAP, the US can help the world surmount the many risks COVID-19 poses. Read the report from CSIS on how the US can aid other countries in their vaccination efforts.

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.

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. 

Annals of Global Health is a free, peer-reviewed, open access journal focused on global health. The journal’s mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge of global health. 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.

The journal is supported by the Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good at Boston College. It was founded in 1934 by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. It is a partner journal of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
Please see and share the journal widely.

The April issue of the Africa Health Journal is out now. It is an important platform to share research and commentaries from African scientists with the world. The focus of this edition is health financing. Please see and share it widely.

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.

How to prepare our patients to restart travel safely: consider the ISTM Virtual Travel Medicine Conference in May!

The International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) is holding the 17th Biennial Conference (CISTM17) 19-22 May 2021, the largest international gathering of travel medicine specialists and practitioners who collaborate and learn about the latest developments in the field. SARS-CoV-2 has imposed great challenges but added fresh perspectives to travel medicine.

During the conference we will address how to prepare patients to restart travel safely. We have terrific speakers on travel medicine, tropical medicine and immigrant health.

The CISTM17 Theme is The Changing Face of Travel Medicine: Anticipating its Global Impact. Updated Scientific Program details, organizing committee, agenda and more information are available on our website

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

Join the Rebuild Consortium at 12 noon BST on Wednesday 19th May 2021 for a webinar which explores the latest thinking on the conceptualization of health systems strengthening (HSS) and the prospects for adopting shared tools and approaches for its assessment.

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:
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

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.

ISGlobal is introducing a new course titled "GIS for Exposure Assessment in Environmental Health Research".

The course will be a 5 day online course from May 3-7, 2021 and 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)

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 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.

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
The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response Report
Since September 2020, the Independent Panel has systematically, rigorously and comprehensively examined why COVID-19 became a global health and socio-economic crisis. In May 2021, the Independent Panel presented its findings and recommendations for action to curb the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure that any future infectious disease outbreak does not become another catastrophic pandemic. Read here.

Red Cross warns that COVID-19 cases are exploding in Asia
Coronavirus cases are exploding in Asia and the Pacific with over 5.9 million new confirmed infections in the past two weeks, more than in all other regions combined, the International Federation of the Red Cross said Wednesday. It warned that the surge is pushing hospitals and health systems to the brink of collapse. Read here.
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