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Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Global Health within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our members’ latest achievements, discoveries, and honors.

News | Announcements



  • 10.23.2015

    Advice From The Experts for Applying Lessons in Cultural Competency
    Thursday, November 5, 4-5pm Eastern Time

    Learn from leading experts about navigating cultural competency. Gain insight about key cultural competency lessons, and on how to apply cultural competency and humility to international and domestic settings.

    Webinar Panelists:​

    • Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Co.
    • Paul Ellingstad, Director of Human Progress Initiatives, HP Corporate Affairs, Hewlett-Packard
    • Brian Heuser, Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University; Affiliated Faculty, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
    • Natacha Poggio, Founder and Director, Design Global Change; Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, Lamar University
    • Jana Zindell, Chief Programs Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund
    • Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite For Sight
  • 09.24.2015
  • 08.03.2015
  • 07.27.2015

    Global Health & Innovation Conference

    The Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale on April 16-17, 2016, is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, professionals and students from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

    Unite For Sight supports eye clinics worldwide by investing human and financial resources in their social ventures to eliminate patient barriers to eye care. Unite For Sight applies best practices in eye care, public health, volunteerism, and social entrepreneurship to achieve our goal of high-quality eye care for all. The programs are locally led and managed by ophthalmologists at Unite For Sight's partner eye clinics. Unite For Sight's international eye care services with partner local eye clinics are provided year-round and are comprehensive, including examinations by local eye doctors, diagnosis and care for treatable conditions, education, and preventative care. Outreach services are brought to the people in their villages, in some cases including villages seven or more hours from the clinics. These patients are provided with regular follow-up care by our outreach teams throughout the year. To date, we have provided eye care services to more than 1.9 million people worldwide, including more than 87,378 sight-restoring surgeries.

    Research, program, and Innovation Prize/impact pitch abstracts are currently being accepted. The first abstract deadline is August 31

    The registration rate increases after July 31; register during July for the lowest registration rate. Please feel free to forward this announcement to others who may also be interested in attending or presenting. 

  • 2016 GHSP Applications now open
    The 2016 Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) is now accepting applications.
  • Northwestern Will Progress Report
    The Office of President Schapiro released a progress report on Northwestern's Will strategic plan which was first unveiled in 2011.  The Center for Global Health is promently mentioned. 
  • 04.17.2015
  • How to Best Prepare for a Career in Global Health Webinar

    How to Best Prepare for a Career in Global Health Webinar
    April 16th, 4-5pm Eastern Time

    Register at

    Learn from leading experts about how to best prepare for a successful career in global health. Learn about the diversity of skills and expertise needed within the broad field of global health, as well as suggested preparations in academics, field experiences, internships, and jobs. For example, what is the best way to stand out in job applications and job interviews? What are pitfalls to avoid in cover letters and resumes? How should undergraduate and graduate students best prepare for a global health career?

    Webinar Panelists:

    • Kirk C. Allison, Director, Program in Human Rights and Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
    • Arachu Castro, Samuel Z. Stone Chair of Public Health in Latin America, Department of Global Health Systems and Development, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
    • Vanessa Kerry,  CEO, Seed Global Health
    • Robert S. Lawrence, The Center for a Livable Future Professor in Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • Marie H. Martin, Assistant Director of Education and Training, Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health
    • Richard Skolnik, Lecturer, Department of Health Policy and Management, Yale School of Public Health; Author, "Essentials of Global Health/Global Health 101"
    • Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite For Sight
  • 4th Annual Summer Institute of Advanced Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

    4th Annual Summer Institute of Advanced Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

    Center for Global Health is pleased to inform you that the Summer Institute of Advanced Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Tel Aviv University is now accepting applications for Summer 2015 (July 12-17 / July 19-24)!

    The Summer Institute, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, offers intensive, one-week courses taught in English by world-renowned faculty from Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Tel Aviv University (TAU), Northwestern University (NU), World Health Organization (WHO), United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other academic and research institutions.

    The following courses will be offered this summer: 

    Further information and course descriptions can be found online: Summer Institute 2015.

    To apply, please visit Tel Aviv University International and select "Apply Now".

  • Global Health Seminar Series 2015


    FSM medical students doing global health electives in 2014-15 are required to attend any three of the six sessions.

    Session I: Wednesday April 1 12-1PM 

    Facilitator: Dr. Atiene Solomon Sagay BSc, MBChB, FWACS, FICS, FRCOG
    Title: Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in Nigeria
    Location: Williams Auditorium, McGaw Pavilion, 240 E. Huron 


    Session II: Wednesay, April 1st 1:30-2:30PM 

    Facilitator: Dr. Olurotimi Adejumo, MBBS, MSc
    Title: Youth with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa - Adherence issues and a proposed study of cognitive and mental health challenges
    Location: Center for Global Health, Large Conference Room, 645 N Michigan, Suite 1058


    Session III: Thursday, April 30 12-1PM

    Facilitator: Dr. Jonah Musa, MBBS, MSCI
    Title: The burden of cervical cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa: the role of clinical research in prevention and control
    Location: Center for Global Health, Large Conference Room, 645 N Michigan, Suite 1058

    This presentation is co-sponsored by The Center for Global Health and NIH Fogarty International Center


    Session IV: Wednesday, May 13 12-1PM

    Facilitator: Dr. Doobay-Persaud, MD
    Title: Global Health Ethics for Medical Trainees (Required of M1s doing a global health elective this summer)
    Location: Hughes Auditorium, Lurie Medical Reserch Center, 303 E. Superior 


    Session V: Friday, May 19 1-2PM

    Facilitators: Mania Kupershtok and Michael Sciaudone (MD Class of 2015)
    Title: Global Health Initative Fellowship Presentations 
    Location: Center for Global Health Large Conference Room, 645 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1058


    Session VI: Wednesday May 20 12-1PM

    Facilitators: Adina Goldberger and Ashley Ceniceros (MD Class of 2015)
    Title: International Health  Fellowships: Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Postpardum Depression Among Health Extension Workers in Ethiopia
    Location: Center for Global Health Large Conference Room, 645 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1058


  • Global Health Lottery

    The lottery for global health electives for the class of 2016 has run and 90% of those who applied received either their first or second choice elective.  This was a soft deadline and while several of our programs are now full for the 2015-16 academic year, the Center for Global Health will continue accepting applications from your class as we proceed.  The following partner institutions are enrolled at or near capacity for the coming academic year:

    • Stellenbosch University, South Africa - Full in February & April 2016
    • Hillside Health Care International, Belize – Full February, 2016.  Two spots open in April 2016
    • Karolinska Institute, Sweden - Full in February 2016. One spot remaining mid-April to mid-May 2016
    • Charite, Germany - Full in April 2016.  One spot remaining in February 2016
    • Strasbourg, France - Full in April 2016.  One spot remaining in February 2016
    • Keio, Japan - Full 2016
    • Trinity College Dublin, Ireland - Full 2016

    Our remaining partner institutions all have availability and you may still request funding support and apply for elective credit.  The full list of partners is posted here.

  • 02.06.2015

    The Global Health Research Symposium showcases global health research conducted by current Northwestern undergraduates both here and abroad. Poster presenters include IPD/Global Health Studies fellowship winners, undergraduate research grant winners, and students who have completed innovative projects while overseas on IPD programs. The symposium is a great way to not only learn about the amazing projects students have created but also discover research fellowship opportunities at Northwestern.

    2013-2014 Circumnavigator Travel-Study Grant winner Elizabeth Larson will give a special presentation on her project “Tackling Childhood Malnutrition: A global study of scaling up grassroots approaches to catalyze world progress." Elizabeth traveled to six countries across the world last summer to study how high impact grassroots nutrition programs can be scaled up to catalyze progress across wider populations.  

  • Join CUGH's Global Health Corps


    Two of the greatest global health problems we face are: acute humanitarian crises and a chronic lack of capacity across skill sets in low resource settings. The catastrophic outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa once again highlighted both of these challenges.

    Within CUGH's extensive global network are professionals who, from time to time, may be interested in using their skill sets to address acute or chronic challenges. We are creating two rosters to identify these individuals.

    CUGH's Crisis Response Corps (This is for those who would like to volunteer/work in an acute humanitarian crisis.)
    CUGH's Capacity Building Corps (This is for individuals interested in training and capacity building.)

    We are soliciting professionals who may be interested in being on one or both of these rosters.

    When academic institutions, NGOs, and governments are seeking individuals with needed skill sets to provide assistance in an acute crisis or help build long-term capacity, we will share these opportunities with relevant persons listed in the rosters.  It will be up to the individuals to contact the organizations. 

    These rosters will not be public and will not be shared with any organization/person requesting assistance. They will be kept at CUGH's Secretariat.

    If you are interested in being included in one or both of these rosters please click the link below. Please share this opportunity with your networks. Together we can help to address these two compelling global challenges. 



    Keith Martin, MD

    Executive Director, CUGH

  • Ebola Outbreak Updates

    The Ebola virus has a unique set of characteristics that determine how and why its spreads, and how deadly it can be. To better understand Ebola, a new Kaiser Family Foundation infographic compares it to twelve other infectious diseases that continue to represent public health challenges today and offers five key takeaways about the disease.

    Other Kaiser Family Foundation resources on the Ebola outbreak and the U.S. response are available online.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

    The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known —affecting multiple countries in West Africa. A small number of cases in Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria, have been associated with a man from Liberia who traveled to Lagos and died from Ebola, but the virus does not appear to have been widely spread in Nigeria. The case in Senegal is related to a man who traveled there from Guinea.

    CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent spread of Ebola within the United States. CDC is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners and has activated its Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate technical assistance and control activities with partners. CDC has also deployed teams of public health experts to West Africa and will continue to send experts to the affected countries.

    World Health Organization

    Global Alert and Response

    A full understanding of the outbreak that will lead to improved response requires detailed analysis of exactly where transmission is occurring (by district level) and of time trends. This analysis is ongoing. Capital cities are of particular concern, owing to their population density and repercussions for travel and trade.

    WHO and its partners are on the ground establishing Ebola treatment centres and strengthening capacity for laboratory testing, contact tracing, social mobilization, safe burials, and non-Ebola health care.

    WHO continues to monitor for reports of rumoured or suspected cases from countries around the world and systematic verification of these cases is ongoing. Countries are encouraged to continue engaging in active surveillance and preparedness activities.

    US Government response to Ebola Outbreak

    As the President has stated, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the humanitarian crisis there is a top national security priority for the United States.  In order to contain and combat it, we are partnering with the United Nations and other international partners to help the Governments of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal respond just as we fortify our defenses at home. Every outbreak of Ebola over the past 40 years has been contained, and we are confident that this one can—and will be—as well.

    Our strategy is predicated on four key goals:

    • Controlling the epidemic at its source in West Africa;
    • Mitigating second-order impacts, including blunting the economic, social, and political tolls in the region;
    • Engaging and coordinating with a broader global audience; and,
    • Fortifying global health security infrastructure in the region and beyond.

    The United States has applied a whole-of-government response to the epidemic, which we launched shortly after the first cases were reported in March. As part of this, we have dedicated additional resources across the federal government to address the crisis, committing more than $175 million to date. We continue to work with Congress to provide additional resources through appropriations and reprogramming efforts in order to be responsive to evolving resource needs on the ground.  Just as the outbreak has worsened, our response will be commensurate with the challenge.

    Opportunities to Help and Contribute

    Doctors without Borders/Medicins Sans Frontieres

    Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a private, international association. The association is made up mainly of doctors and health sector workers and is also open to all other professions which might help in achieving its aims. All of its members agree to honor the following principles:

    MSF provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political convictions.

    MSF observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and claims full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.

    Members undertake to respect their professional code of ethics and maintain complete independence from all political, economic, or religious powers.

    As volunteers, members understand the risks and dangers of the missions they carry out and make no claim for themselves or their assigns for any form of compensation other than that which the association might be able to afford them

    Ebola response news from MSF:

    If contracted, Ebola is one of the world’s most deadly diseases. It is a highly infectious virus that can kill up to 90 percent of the people who catch it, causing terror among infected communities. Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has treated hundreds of people with the disease and helped to contain numerous life-threatening epidemics

    Volunteer-Work in the Field

    MSF recruits medical, administrative and logistical support personnel to provide medical care to people in crisis in more than 90 countries worldwide. Every year, around 3,000 MSF field staff provide lifesaving medical assistance to people who would otherwise be denied access to even the most basic health care.

    MSF-USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and actively strives for diverse team members. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. MSF sections each hire their own employees and establish their own terms and conditions of employment.

    If you want to bring your motivation, professional abilities and practical experience to join us in the field, please click on Who We Need to learn more about requirements and how to apply.

    Contribute to MSF

    Those who are not clinicians or cannot volunteer may make financial contributes to MSF.

    International Medical Corps

    International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

    Ebola response news from IMC

    Volunteer with International Medical Corps

    International Medical Corps offers many exciting ways to get involved, whether working with our professional staff in the United States or with our field-based experts in offices around the world. Our volunteers work with our emergency response team to deliver life-saving care after a disaster, teach farmers about sustainable agriculture, and even build roads and clinics for poor, rural communities. International Medical Corps works on initiatives such as these in the U.S. and over twenty other countries around the world, and our volunteers are critical to our success.

    Emergency Response Volunteers: International Medical Corps' emergency response team works to minimize the loss of life and alleviate the suffering of disaster-affected populations across the globe. Our volunteer focus during this devastating time is the provision of life-saving emergency health services, primary health care, public health, and emergency nutrition. International Medical Corps is looking for highly trained medical staff to add to our emergency response roster, which requires that volunteers be willing to deploy rapidly—usually within 72 hours—and for a duration of 2–8 weeks. (Preference is given to those able to deploy for longer durations.) In most instances, volunteers will be required to pay for their own flights, but will receive a food allowance for each day spent in the field, shared housing, and emergency medical evacuation insurance.

    Non-Medical International Volunteers: This program is open to trained professionals from a wide variety of fields with a minimum two-month window of availability. These volunteers are sometimes eligible for the cost of a flight, and do receive a daily food allowance, shared housing, and emergency medical evacuation insurance. In some instances, depending on funding, duration of contract, and the person’s specialty, the volunteer may be eligible for a monthly stipend.

    Domestic Volunteers: Our Domestic Volunteers work either part-time or full-time at International Medical Corps offices in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., or London, assisting with a broad variety of administrative and programmatic tasks, depending on work experience and background. International Medical Corps is unable to offer compensation or benefits for Domestic Volunteers.

    Contribute to IMC

    Those who are not clinicians or cannot volunteer may make financial contributes to IMC, by clicking here.

    United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Experienced health sector workers interested in volunteering to help people affected by the West Africa Ebola outbreak are welcome to register using the link above. Information submitted may be shared with nongovernmental organizations working in the West Africa region or with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Volunteers may be contacted to confirm their interest or for Ebola Health Care Safety training at the discretion of the training organization.

    For more information, please review the CDC’s Advice to Humanitarian Workers page.

    For questions about Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Disease and travel to West Africa during the outbreak, please review the CDC website or contact CDC Info: 1-800-CDC-INFO  (1-800-232-4636)

    Non-Governmental Organizations Responding to Ebola

    The organizations listed using the link above are involved in response work in areas affected by the Ebola virus, which has impacted thousands of people in West Africa. As relief and recovery efforts evolve, these organizations tailor their work to meet the changing needs of people and communities. Monetary donations enable responding organizations to react with speed and specificity in critical sectors now and as communities recover. Even a small donation can have great impact. Monetary donations save lives and money.

    Research Initiatives on Ebola

    Wellcome Trust

    Wellcome Trust is funding an emergency package for research that could help to contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and future outbreaks of infectious disease, alongside long-term investment in African science.

    The emergency Ebola initiative, which includes contributions from partner funders, will support research that can swiftly begin to investigate new approaches to treating, preventing and containing the disease, during the current epidemic in West Africa. It will also support research into the ethical challenges of testing experimental medicines during epidemics.

    Its goals are to:

    • identify clinical and public health interventions, including drugs and vaccines, with the potential to contribute to tackling the present crisis in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria
    • inform the way in which future epidemics of Ebola and other infectious diseases are handled.

    As well as funding emergency Ebola research, we are making a further long-term commitment to African health through a £40 million programme of support for excellence in African research. The investment will support the continent to develop a world-class medical research base so it is better equipped to investigate and tackle its greatest health challenges.