Over the last three years, since we set up our Secretariat in Washington, DC, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) has nearly tripled in size. Currently, we have 146 institutional members and a network of 19,000 individuals around the world. Last April, our annual conference attracted 1800 people and was our most successful one yet. Over this short period of time we have added new activities, strengthened our committees across education, research, enabling systems, trainees and advocacy, convened leaders from global health programs, added new workshops and webinars, broadened our international reach and increased the menu of activities and benefits we are providing to those involved in global health. We have done this without any expansion at the Secretariat.
A record number of attendees benefited from the eighth year of a Harvard program that trained Ebola first-responders.The Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University, launched by current World Bank President Dr. Jim Kim, Partners In Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer, and Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, welcomes 52 mid-career global health professionals from 27 countries to an intensive training to improve how care is delivered and health organizations are managed around the world.
The Maryland-based health care informatics company CTIS and its founders, Raj and Bharti Shah, have collaborated with the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education and Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Government Medical College to equip and dispatch a custom-designed mobile health care services van in the state of Maharashtra in India.
Neglected diseases affect more than 1 billion people around the world. They disproportionately impact the poor causing tremendous suffering, disability and sometimes death. Most are preventable or treatable. Sadly, funding to address these neglected diseases is at its lowest level since 2007.
Increased funding across all sectors is needed to develop new therapeutics and enable people to access the treatments they need. Without this, over 1 billion individuals will suffer needlessly, many of whom are amongst the world’s most vulnerable people.
A message from the Executive Director:
These are turbulent times. We are seeing, in too many quarters, a tragic and dangerous turn towards xenophobia, exclusion, bigotry and even hate crimes. Such actions are being directed against minorities who are often the most vulnerable communities amongst us. One specific group, Muslims, have been subjected to a particularly brutal rise in hate crimes and bigoted comments. As a counterpoint to these horrible actions and statements please read the truly inspiring and beautiful commentary piece by CUGH Board member Dr. Mohammed Zaman that was recently published in the New York Times. It is a wonderful testimonial to the best of what the US stands for from the pen of an extraordinarily accomplished Muslim American of Pakistani birth. I hope you will read it and share it widely. The link is below.