September 6, 2018
Dear Colleague,

Our September Bulletin contains exciting new opportunities that you and your colleagues may wish to participate in.  They include:
  • CUGH's new research platform where organizations, governments and companies can post funded research opportunities. See the site, share it with NGOS, governments, companies and apply to carry out any research you may see that is of interest. This will also present interesting opportunities for PhD and Masters candidates.
  • We are collaborating with UNFPA to impact three areas: reducing maternal deaths; meet the demand for family planning; and eliminate gender-based violence and other harmful practices against women and girls.Please consider joining UNFPA's network of universities. This will help us to mobilize academia to address these important threats to women and girls.
Congratulations to AFREhealth on a superb meeting in Durban. At the conference we identified three areas in which we will collaborate: strengthening training capacity to address Africa's HR needs across disciplines: strengthen African institutional research capabilities; address student exchanges and potentially working together on advocacy issues.

Register now for our upcoming workshop in Washington, DC that will be run by Massachusetts General Hospital on how your organization can put in place the mechanisms to prevent or address emergencies when your staff and students are abroad.

Finally, don't forget to register, get an exhibit table, consider sponsoring or apply for one of our awards that will be presented at our annual Global Health conference, March 7-10, 2019 in Chicago. We will have a stellar lineup of speakers and opportunities to collaborate, learn and share your work with leaders across medical and non-medical disciplines.

Please share this with your colleagues and networks worldwide.

Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director
Consortium of Universities for Global Health

CUGH News & Updates

Join UNFPA's University Network
TransformU is a membership-based network that invites institutions of higher education, continuing education and educational associations to join UNFPA's vision to:
  1. End preventable maternal deaths
  2. End the unmet demand for family planning, and
  3. End gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls
The network is open to accredited institutions of higher education, continuing education, and educational associations based in the United States and around the world. There is no cost or fee to join the network. All potential members will be vetted using existing UNFPA guidelines.
Join us in Chicago, IL for the 10th annual CUGH Conference on March 8-10, 2019 with satellite sessions on March 7 We are accepting satellite session applications as well as nominations for a number of awards. Visit our conference website at for more information.

Register now and reserve your room at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.
Health, Safety and Security: Rules of the Road for International Programs and Initiatives 2.0 | November 8-9 | Washington, DC

Join CUGH and the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health for a two-day workshop providing in-depth discussion and practical tips for bringing a culture of health, safety, and security to academic and NGO overseas programs. Using case-based discussion, small groups, and interactive sessions, these experts will help course participants navigate their most challenging issues related to the health, safety, and security of deploying and returning faculty, students, and staff overseas.
Health, Safety and Security: Rules of the Road for International Programs and Initiatives  2.0 is ideal for faculty and staff at academic institutions and NGOs that send staff and students overseas.
Upcoming Webinar on Diagnostics are Essential for Healthcare: Challenges in LMICs and How to Overcome Them  
September 12 at 1 PM ET

Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) face a range of obstacles in healthcare including access, funding, education, and personnel. However, laboratory diagnostics including pathology are particularly challenging because of the specialized personnel, unique reagents, quality processes, and overall logistics of delivering the right diagnosis to the right patient at the right time. In this webinar leaders from academia, the ASCP, and the CDC will discuss the challenges of laboratory diagnostics and present examples of solutions from cancer and infectious diseases. Common pitfalls and practical, sustainable solutions will be discussed.
Crowd Sourced Research Questions

This page on the CUGH website will list funded research questions and unfunded questions from Low Income Nations. We hope this site will connect needed, practical questions with researchers, especially those undertaking work at a Masters, PhD, or post doc level. This will provide those posing the research questions with high quality research while the scientist may make new connections, identify potential future employment opportunities, and may receive funding for their work.

Anyone is invited to post or view these questions.
Call for Award Nominations & Competition Submissions

Encourage your network of colleagues, faculty, and students to submit or nominate for one of the many awards/competitions recognized at the CUGH annual conference. These include the CUGH Leadership Awards, Velji Awards, Reflection in Global Health Essay Contest, Pulitzer-CUGH Global Health Video Competition, and Untold Stories of Global Health Competition. Deadlines for submissions vary.
New "Reasoning Without Resources" Case Now Available
These teaching cases are based on Professor Paccione's decades of teaching experience on the medical wards of Kisoro District Hospital in Uganda. They are designed for those practicing in low resource settings, Medicine and Family Medicine residents, and senior medical students interested in clinical global health. Each case is presented in two parts. First comes a case vignette (presenting symptoms, history, basic lab and physical exam findings) along with 6-10 discussion questions that direct clinical reasoning and/or highlight diagnostic issues. One month later CUGH will post detailed instructors notes for the case along with a new case vignette/questions.
AUB GHI & CUGH | Register Today | Global Health Forum: Innovative Approaches to Global Health Challenges in Low and Middle-Income Countries

The Forum, which will take place on November 1-2, 2018 in Beirut, will convene stakeholders from various disciplines to showcase innovative ideas and practical innovations in global health either originating in or applicable to the LMIC context. 
Showcase Your Work: Submit Your "Stories From the Field"

Communicating through visual means is a powerful way to inspire change. At CUGH, we are initiating a new project to do just that. We are inviting scientists and implementers to send us short videos showcasing important global health problems as well as effective programs & innovations that improve the health of people and our planet. These videos will be added to our YouTube playlist, "Stories from the Field" and may be selected to be featured in our newsletter.

Member Spotlight

American University of Antigua College of Medicine

American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine's Global MD Program is conducted in collaboration with Florida International University (FIU). As one of the most innovative and recognized Caribbean medical schools, AUA plays a pivotal role in addressing the world's forecasted shortage of physicians, with key accreditations required for medical licensure throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and India.
AUA's Global MD Program is a comprehensive, four-year longitudinal track in global health that is integrated into the curriculum, and open to all eligible entering medical students. The program's objective is to support and guide students in developing expertise in global health issues, initiating career involvement in patient care, service, policy making, research, and education worldwide. Students on the Global Health track are introduced to the study of community and public health, primary care, epidemiology, and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases on a global basis. The two-year Basic Sciences component of the program is conducted on the campus of AUA in Antigua, followed by the Clinical Sciences component at FIU-affiliated clinical sites in Florida and AUA-affiliated clinical sites within the US and abroad.
Please find detailed information about American University of Antigua's programs at


G4 Alliance Advocacy Webinar Series: Global Surgery at the UN General Assembly | September 13 at 11:30 AM ET

This webinar will focus on the upcoming 73 UN General Assembly taking place in New York from September 18 - October 5, 2018. They will be highlighting ways that YOU and your organization can support advocacy efforts in person and online during UNGA. They will also be highlighting relevant resources from the G4 Advocacy toolkit. Their goal is to ensure that surgical care is recognized as an essential component of universal health coverage and prioritized as part of the sustainable development agenda.
Request for Capacity Building Resources for Frontline Health Workers on SRH and Human Rights

The WHO is seeking to map existing resources on capacity building materials for frontline health workers on sexual and reproductive health, including resources which explicitly integrate human rights considerations. WHO is calling on colleagues and partners to share materials which you utilize in capacity building activities with frontline health workers, including at the community level, on sexual and reproductive health services. The materials may be with or without an explicit human rights or gender equality focus. Materials which have been developed at local or national level are particularly welcome. Evaluations and assessments of training programmes which explicitly integrate human rights and/or gender equality would also be useful.

Deadline:  September 15, 2018
Submit to the 2018 UTMB Global Health Education Symposium Poetry Contest

Trainees (students in any program, residents, fellows) can submit a poem that they have written about a global health field experience in a low-income country or a local (domestic) low-resource setting. Please see the link below for more information.

Submission Deadline:  September 21, 2018
Call for Applications | Pew Latin American Fellows

The Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding for scientists to receive postdoctoral training at leading research institutions in the United States. The Pew fellowship provides a $30,000 salary stipend in each of two years and an additional $70,000 payment to the sponsoring institution when the fellow confirms plans to return to Latin America.

Deadline:  September 28, 2018
Nominate the Next Canada Gairdner Global Health Award Winner

The John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award recognizes the world's top scientists who have made outstanding achievements in Global Health Research.  Since its inception eight years ago, the Global Health Award has grown significantly to become one of the world's most prestigious awards recognizing excellence in global health research.

Nominees should be individuals who have made major scientific advances with a significant impact on health outcomes in the developing world. The award is science-focused, and is not intended for those with primarily leadership and administrative accomplishments.

Gairdner invites the scientific community to nominate qualified scientists from any branch of global health. The evaluation of the contributions of the nominees depends heavily on the quality of information supplied. Therefore, nominations should be accurate, detailed, current, complete, and with supporting letters reflecting the nominee's accomplishments.

Nomination Deadline: October 1, 2018
Call For Abstracts: Pedagogy for Global Health and Health Promotion

SOPHE's  Health Promotion Practice journal seeks  abstracts for its special theme issue, "Pedagogy for Global Health and Health Promotion," which is scheduled for a December 2019 publication date.

The special theme issue will address the pedagogical, curricular and philosophical issues relevant to faculty, administrators, global public health practitioners, educators and professionals engaged in global health education and promotion.

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2018

Thanks to the CUGH members, among scores of others, who participated in the baseline survey and/or commented on early drafts, ASPPH presents its Global Health Concentration Competencies for the Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree. 
These new concentration competencies offer examples, vetted in a national and global, evidence-based, and participatory process, that schools and programs could consider, for voluntary use, to fulfill the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) requirements for "at least five distinct competencies for each concentration."
Stay tuned for a toolkit in the fall to assist faculty in implementing the competencies.  While the 2016 CEPH core competency requirements for MPH degrees rendered ASPPH's 2011 global health competency model obsolete, it is still available,  here , for reference.

2019 - 2020 Seed Educator Applications Opening Fall of 2018

Seed Educators have an opportunity to make a lasting impact by helping to strengthen knowledge and clinical skills of local health providers, faculty, and students/trainees through mentorship and training in resource-limited settings. As a Seed Educator, you will help make a sustainable investment in improving healthcare delivery and saving lives.
Doctors Without Borders Information Sessions

Join the 30,000 Doctors Without Borders field staff providing lifesaving medical assistance to people around the world each year. Register for their upcoming Recruitment Information Sessions that will take place in various cities throughout the US.

Vietnam Economic Infrastructure Development Forum
September 25, 2018 | Hanoi, Vietnam
Emerging Global Healthcare Leadership Symposium
September 25-28, 2018 | London, UK
World Cancer Congress  
October 1-4, 2018  | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
7th Annual UTMB Global Health Education Symposium  
October 13, 2018  | Galveston, TX, USA
10th Annual Anesthesia for Global Outreach Course  
October 26-28, 2018  | Boston, MA, USA
Women Leaders in Global Health Conference 2018  
November 8-9, 2018  | London, UK
Urban Transitions 2018
November 25-27, 2018  | Barcelona, Spain
Application of the One Health Approach to Global Health Centers
December 3-4, 2018  | Bronx, NY, USA
Midwest Universities for Global Health 5.0: Better Together
December 6-7, 2018  | St. Louis, MO, USA
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The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)  builds  interdisciplinary collaborations and facilitates the sharing of knowledge to address global health challenges. It assists members in sharing their expertise across education, research, and service. It is dedicated to creating equity and reducing health disparities everywhere. CUGH promotes mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships between universities in resource-rich and resource-poor countries, developing human capital and strengthening institutions' capabilities to address these challenges. It is committed to translating knowledge into action.


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