Condemning Inhuman Treatment of Migrants

2021-09-25T11:29:43-04:00

On August 14, 2021 a magnitude 7.2 earthquake—causing 2,207 deaths, another 12,268 injuries, and the destruction of 129,929 homes—struck Haiti and was soon followed by Tropical Storm Grace which directly interfered with earthquake response efforts. These natural disasters came amid years of political instability, marked by the assasination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7 of this year.These interlocking crises placed a spotlight on migration from Haiti which has increased over the past decade, especially in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that struck the country. However, many Haitians now presenting at United States borders have in actuality spent months [...]

Condemning Inhuman Treatment of Migrants2021-09-25T11:29:43-04:00

Supporting Palliative Care Across the Globe

2021-09-24T14:02:59-04:00

“Most of the history of medicine was palliative care,” according to Mark Stoltenberg, MD, MA, a faculty member of the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatrics at MGH. Before the dawn of modern medicine, much of healthcare was not actually curative. “We couldn't fix, or cure or anything,” Stoltenberg continues. “We didn't have safe surgery. We didn't have antibiotics.” Mark Stoltenberg, MD, MA, (left), and Bethany Rose Daubman, MD, (right), Co-Directors of the MGH Global Palliative Care Program Over time, scientific advancements and improvements in technology changed the face of medicine. In 1948, Cicely Saunders, a British physician, [...]

Supporting Palliative Care Across the Globe2021-09-24T14:02:59-04:00

The Toll of COVID-19 on Health Workers

2021-09-24T13:55:59-04:00

Over the last year, at least 17,000 health workers have died from COVID-19. A July 2020 investigation found that workers in 63 countries faced shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) even as they treated COVID-19 patients. These shortages combined with the inequitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines—low-income countries have vaccinated 1.9% of their populations—means that health workers in low-income countries face greater risk of infection and death than those in high-income countries. “This pandemic has not really been easy for health workers in our city [Mbarara, Uganda],” Stephen Asiimwe, MBChB, MS, DrPH, Program Director of the Mbarara University of Science and [...]

The Toll of COVID-19 on Health Workers2021-09-24T13:55:59-04:00

Building Nursing Capacity through Relationships

2021-09-24T13:49:04-04:00

Mary Sebert, RN, MPH became a nurse 36 years ago. In this time, she has served in a variety of roles, including clinically in hospitals and disaster settings, as a nursing coordinator, as a nursing educator in Uganda, and, currently, as the Director of the MGH Global Nursing Program. Pressed on why she chose the profession, Sebert recalls her grandmother’s premonition. “I think my grandmother led me to nursing,” Sebert starts. “When I was 14, she said that I was going to be a nurse and I actually never really thought about it. Then I went to college and, somehow, [...]

Building Nursing Capacity through Relationships2021-09-24T13:49:04-04:00

Global Health Grand Rounds Relaunch Alongside Brigham and Women’s Hospital

2021-09-24T13:44:32-04:00

The MGH Center for Global Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) Division of Global Health Equity have joined together to create a joint Global Health Grand rounds series. This new series combines both department’s former grand rounds series and hopes to bring together a wider community, connecting experts and partners from both institutions. Global Health Grand Rounds brings together a multidisciplinary community of global health practitioners dedicated to learning and sharing ongoing efforts for global health equity. The series allows for presentation and discussion of recent advances and best practices in global health related to clinical care, nursing, research, [...]

Global Health Grand Rounds Relaunch Alongside Brigham and Women’s Hospital2021-09-24T13:44:32-04:00

COVID-19 Treatment Center Opens in Mbarara

2021-09-24T13:39:54-04:00

On July 1, 2021, Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) opened a COVID-19 Treatment Center designed to expand the hospital’s capacity to care for patients with COVID-19. Construction began on April 1, 2020 and today, has added 60 full isolation beds to the hospital’s capacity. Global Health Collaborative (GHC) Program Director Stephen Asiimwe, MBChB, MS, DrPH, and Program Manager Annet Kembabazi, steered the collaboration that created the center. The treatment center was built with support from Build Health International, the First Mile Program, the Uganda Ministry of Health, MRRH, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and the Mass General Center for [...]

COVID-19 Treatment Center Opens in Mbarara2021-09-24T13:39:54-04:00

Responding in Haiti

2021-09-24T13:35:50-04:00

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Haiti on August 14, 2021. The USGS estimates that the shaking zone affected more than 2.1 million people. The earthquake caused at least 2,207 deaths, 12,268 injuries, and 129,929 houses damaged or destroyed. Many local hospitals were very quickly overwhelmed.The earthquake preceded Tropical Storm Grace which generated flooding, heavy rains, and strong winds on August 16 and 17. Recent crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and political instability also impacted earthquake response efforts. The country is still recovering from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the country in 2010, killing over 200,000 people and [...]

Responding in Haiti2021-09-24T13:35:50-04:00

Earthquake in Haiti

2021-09-10T18:06:00-04:00

Last Updated August 25, 2021 On August 14, 2021, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake was recorded in Haiti. The USGS estimates that the shaking zone affected more than 2.1 million people. As of August 20, reports indicate 2,207 earthquake-related deaths, 12,268 injuries, and 129,929 houses damaged or destroyed. Many local hospitals are also overwhelmed. We at the MGH Center for Global Health (CGH) extend our thoughts and attention to the people of Haiti and our partners located there. In 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the country killing over 200,000 people and injuring many others. The country is still recovering from the effects [...]

Earthquake in Haiti2021-09-10T18:06:00-04:00

Holyoke COVID-19 Community Antibody Study Takeaways: An Interview with Ryan Paxton, MPH

2021-07-14T16:51:33-04:00

When COVID-19 forced public health organizations to act, the universal strategy included social distancing, quarantine measures, comprehensive contact tracing and testing, mask wearing, and other strategies in order to prevent the virus from spreading. Enacting this strategy taxed public health infrastructure across the globe. In many communities in the United States, this constellation of responses required local Boards of Health to significantly alter their operations. In Holyoke—a city in western Massachusetts with an approximately 53% Latinx population that was hard-hit early in the pandemic—the Board of Health changed many city employees’ roles, including having school nurses serve as contact tracers [...]

Holyoke COVID-19 Community Antibody Study Takeaways: An Interview with Ryan Paxton, MPH2021-07-14T16:51:33-04:00

Responding to COVID-19: The Role of Mental Health in Global Research

2021-05-27T17:23:00-04:00

Andrew Wooyoung Kim, PhD, knew the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a global mental health crisis, including among his research participants and staff in South Africa. Kim, a biological anthropologist and 2020 Fogarty Fellow, has conducted research in South Africa since 2017 and lived in the country since August 2019. His research primarily focuses on the intergenerational effects of racial trauma on mental health. As part of his PhD work at Northwestern University, Kim works within the Birth to Twenty study. The study has followed a cohort of South African mother-daughter pairs since the dissolution of apartheid in the early [...]

Responding to COVID-19: The Role of Mental Health in Global Research2021-05-27T17:23:00-04:00
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