Steering the Asylum Clinic to the Future: How the Asylum Clinic Responded to COVID-19


The MGH Asylum Clinic at the Center for Global Health—founded in October 2017—provides forensic medical and psychological evaluations to survivors of persecution seeking asylum in the United States and to seeks to educate the medical community on caring for asylum-seekers and refugees. Since its inception, the clinic, a part of the MGH Center for Global Health’s Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action programs, has completed evaluations for 325 asylum-seekers. Asylum Clinic Director Matthew Gartland, MD, shares updates on the clinic and the current efforts being made to increase clinic’s capacity and advocate for asylum-seekers and detainees. What services does the Asylum [...]

Steering the Asylum Clinic to the Future: How the Asylum Clinic Responded to COVID-192021-04-06T11:48:47-04:00

Advancing Equitable Global Health Research


Jessica Haberer MD, MS believes that strong global health research starts with equitable partnerships. Dr. Haberer is the Director of Research at the Mass General’s Center for Global Health (CGH). She is a leader in HIV/AIDS research—specifically around adherence to antiretrovirals and pre-exposure prophylaxis. Her global health work began in the early 2000’s when she found herself working for the Clinton Foundation in China. There she worked with the Ministry of Health and helped start a pediatrics program focused on HIV medication adherence. “I got asked by some people, ‘Why are you in China? Why aren’t you helping your own [...]

Advancing Equitable Global Health Research2021-03-12T11:33:49-05:00

The Global Medicine Residency Program Prepares the Next Generation of Global Health Physicians


Since late 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of nearly 2.5million individuals. Global healthcare leaders with the passion and expertise to help communities navigate the complex web of problems that COVID-19 has exacerbated are needed. The MGH Global Medicine Residency Program attempts to create leaders dedicated to advancing global health equity and strengthening health systems by combining strong medical training with the foundational belief that health, and healthcare, are human rights. The Global Medicine Residency Program followed the MGH Department of Medicine’s longstanding commitment to global health and launched in its current form in 2011. Under the direction [...]

The Global Medicine Residency Program Prepares the Next Generation of Global Health Physicians2021-03-12T11:37:50-05:00

Expanding the Role of Pharmacists in Global Health


High income countries have nearly eight pharmacists for every 10,000 people. In many low-income countries, there is not a single pharmacist for 10,000 people. Instead, doctors, nurses, or other clinical staff shoulder the duties of pharmacists, while continuing to manage other clinical care. This lack of trained pharmacists’ taxes health systems globally and prevents many from getting necessary care. Carmela Berlin RPh, Christine Do, PharmD, BCPPS, and Thuyhong Do, PharmD are three MGH pharmacists working to reduce burdens and expand the role of pharmacists in global health. All three recognize the privilege associated with being in a stocked and well-staffed [...]

Expanding the Role of Pharmacists in Global Health2021-03-12T11:23:29-05:00

Center for Global Health hosts webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine & Global Health Equity: From Action to Impact


On December 8, 2020 the first COVID-19 vaccine was administered in the United Kingdom. However, before vaccine manufacturing had been completed, global powers had bought up a disproportionate number of doses, leaving low and middle-income countries scrambling to figure out how to purchase doses for their residents. “We have to work, as Dr. King referred to in 1963, ‘in the fierce urgency of now,’” said John Nkengasong, MSc, PhD, and Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. “If we don’t really use that fierce urgency of now, then we are in trouble. This virus will become endemic [...]

Center for Global Health hosts webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine & Global Health Equity: From Action to Impact2021-03-12T11:16:55-05:00

Center for Global Health Launches Program to Foster Diversity in HIV Research


The HIV/AIDS epidemic in globally and in the United States is concentrated in Black communities, among men who have sex with men, and other minority groups. Yet the researchers that study the virus often do not come from these underrepresented groups, but come from more privileged backgrounds. To address this issue, Jessica Haberer, MD, MS, Wafaie W. Fawzi, PhD, MB, BS, and Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, launched the Fostering Diversity in HIV Research Program to provide mentoring and support for researchers from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine.  With support from the National Institutes of Health, the program is [...]

Center for Global Health Launches Program to Foster Diversity in HIV Research2021-03-12T10:55:16-05:00

An Open Letter on Global COVID-19 Vaccine Equity


March 3rd, 2021 An open letter to President Biden, and leaders of the US pharmaceutical industry, On February 24th, 2021, Ghana received the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine secured by COVAX, the World Health Organization’s facility for global vaccine distribution. While this was an important milestone for the countries relying on COVAX to procure COVID-19 vaccinations, this shipment comes more than two months after the U.S. and other high-income countries began vaccinating their populations. Notably, it represents a tiny fraction of the doses needed to vaccinate even front-line healthcare workers on the African continent, never mind other groups globally that [...]

An Open Letter on Global COVID-19 Vaccine Equity2021-03-03T17:18:40-05:00

Helping Holyoke Fight COVID-19


In the spring during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts, Harvard Medical student Ahmed Elnaiem saw firsthand how equity issues affected residents in Holyoke, one of the poorest cities in the state. Ahmed’s interest in social justice stems from his own childhood. His passion for exploring medicine’s role in addressing inequities led him to his mentor, Louise Ivers, MD, executive director of the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Policymakers often turn to Dr. Ivers, a public health expert, during crisis situations. When Holyoke public officials asked Dr. Ivers for support in fighting COVID-19, she called upon Ahmed who [...]

Helping Holyoke Fight COVID-192020-11-10T10:53:34-05:00

Building Global Health Resilience in the Face of COVID-19


AT THIS PIVOTAL MOMENT in global health, Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc, is among the Mass General leaders working tirelessly to address the deep-rooted health disparities that have put the world’s most vulnerable populations at higher risk of COVID-19 infection and death. In the U.S., the death rate in areas with majority populations of color is six times higher than in majority non-Hispanic white areas, according to analysis by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. People living in impoverished, crowded and racially and economically polarized regions are at the greatest risk. Internationally, across low-income countries, disparities are exacerbated by [...]

Building Global Health Resilience in the Face of COVID-192020-10-30T13:46:32-04:00

Lab Collaboration Increases COVID-19 Testing Capacity in Haiti, Bangladesh


THE MASS GENERAL Center for Global Health (CGH) played a key role in the dissemination of MGH’s COVID ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) antibody test to support the urgent need for accurate testing and disease surveillance in Haiti and Bangladesh.Once Mass General had its ELISA test developed in March, Jason Harris, MD, MPH, Chief of Pediatric Global Health at Mass General Hospital for children, CGH Executive Director Louise Ivers, MD, MPH, DTM&H, and Richelle Charles, MD, FIDSA, Principal Investigator in the MGH Division of Infectious Diseases and CGH Associate in Global Health, in concert with other MGH staff, quickly joined forces with [...]

Lab Collaboration Increases COVID-19 Testing Capacity in Haiti, Bangladesh2020-10-30T13:46:54-04:00
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