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.
- Robert L. Murphy, MD, Quoted about Airport Screenings of Travelers from West Africa Not Identifying Ebola Patients12.09.2014
- 2014 Global Health Case Competition02.15.2014
- Global Health Seminar Series 201503.25.2015
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: 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
- Global Health Lottery03.20.2015
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.
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 Corps02.04.2015
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.
THE TWO ROSTERS ARE:
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 Updates01.07.2015
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
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
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.
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/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
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
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.
Those who are not clinicians or cannot volunteer may make financial contributes to MSF.
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.
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.
Those who are not clinicians or cannot volunteer may make financial contributes to IMC, by clicking here.
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)
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 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.