Global Health

Performing Facial Reconstructive Surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Interview with David Shaye, MD, MPH, FACS


Traumatic injuries account for more than five million annual deaths, roughly as many as HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Ninety percent of these trauma-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries that often lack sufficient surgical staff or surgical tools to treat these injuries. For those that require complex facial reconstruction, the disparity in care can be even greater. David Shaye, MD, MPH, FACS In Boston, David Shaye, MD, MPH, FACS, uses innovative technologies and ample resources to perform procedures such as face lifts (rhytidectomies), rhinoplasties, and other facial surgeries in his role as facial plastics and reconstructive [...]

Performing Facial Reconstructive Surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Interview with David Shaye, MD, MPH, FACS2022-05-31T11:33:04-04:00

A New Era in Global Psychiatric Care


When the World Health Organization labeled COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020, researchers within the mental health community quickly began sound the alarm about a concurring silent pandemic: mental health illness. In Boston, Greg Fricchione, MD, and Guiseppe “Bepi” Raviola, MD, leaders of the MGH Chester M. Pierce Division of Global Psychiatry, have actively worked to position the division in response to the ensuing mental health crisis. Greg Fricchione, MD, (left) and Giuseppe Raviola, MD, (right) Even before the first case of COVID-19 was reported, the global burden of mental health illness was rising. In 2019, the World [...]

A New Era in Global Psychiatric Care2022-04-25T13:47:18-04:00

In Memory of Paul Edward Farmer, MD, PhD


Paul Edward Farmer, MD, PhD, passed away at the age of 62 in Butaro, Rwanda on February 21, 2022. He was the co-founder and chief strategist of Partners In Health, chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard. Within the MGH Center for Global Health he was not only a colleague, but a mentor and friend to many. In the months since his passing, members of our community have shared their thoughts and reflections on [...]

In Memory of Paul Edward Farmer, MD, PhD2022-04-25T13:31:34-04:00

Researching Antimicrobial Resistance in Bangladesh


In January 2022, a published Lancet study found that in 2019, nearly 5 million deaths were due to antimicrobial resistant infections. Klebsiella pneumoniae is one bacterium that can develop antimicrobial resistance and as a result has become an increasing global threat. The bacteria, which is normally harmless in the gut, can cause a series of life-threatening illnesses including pneumonia, sepsis, meningitis, and wound or surgical site infections when introduced to other parts of the body. Sridhar (second from left) with colleagues in Bangladesh K. pneumoniae joins Eschericia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis as part of a group [...]

Researching Antimicrobial Resistance in Bangladesh2022-04-25T16:01:21-04:00

CNN Africa Recognizes MobiCare Creator Nuriat Nambogo, MMS, DPPM, BDS


Nuriat Nambogo, MMS, DPPM, BDS, a Research and Grants Manager at the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) Uganda was recognized by CNN Africa for her role in developing MobiCare, the company responsible for the MobiCare app. Nuriat Nambogo, MMS, DPPM, BDS Mobicare allows patients to search for and directly interact with local healthcare providers to schedule appointments and ask medical questions. Nambogo developed the app in response to difficulties in accessing medical care. By streamlining contact between patients and providers, the app closes access gaps and helps patients get much needed care. Nambogo and her team created [...]

CNN Africa Recognizes MobiCare Creator Nuriat Nambogo, MMS, DPPM, BDS2022-04-25T13:34:14-04:00

Crisis in Ukraine: Mass General Responds


Since Feb. 24, the crisis in Ukraine has affected more than 18 million people across that country, internally displacing as many as 7 million, with more than 12 million individuals in need of urgent humanitarian care and 2 million Ukrainians fleeing to seek refuge in neighboring countries. Lindsey Martin, NP The Center for Global Health (CGH) at Massachusetts General Hospital is committed to responding to the needs of displaced peoples around the globe. It has established The Ukraine Surgical Response Team, focusing on medical support, supplies and on-the-ground assistance. On March 9, Lindsey Martin, NP, director of CGH [...]

Crisis in Ukraine: Mass General Responds2022-04-13T15:36:38-04:00

In Support of Ukraine


Last Updated March 30, 2022 NEW: On March 27, 2022, the Global Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action program deployed a team to Eastern Europe as part of their continued response to the crisis in Ukraine and the current needs of displaced people around the globe. The team is deployed in partnership with Medical Teams International to provide medical support for refugee transit centers and training in point of care ultrasound, ACLS/BLS, and trauma. Future teams are being considered as need arises. March 1, 2022: Since February 24, 18 million people across the country of Ukraine have been affected by recent [...]

In Support of Ukraine2022-04-13T18:39:10-04:00

2021 Global Health Service Awards Winners Announced


We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 MGH Global Health Service Awards. The Global Health Service Awards are an annual tradition of the Center for Global Health and serve to recognize individuals who are committed to advancing healthcare equity. The awards were established with three goals in mind: to encourage innovation, dedication, and commitment in the field of Global Health; recognize individuals who inspire, advance, and improve the clinical care and capacity for underserved populations; and emphasize the importance and benefits of global collaboration in healthcare. The three categories of Global Health Service Awards include Excellence in [...]

2021 Global Health Service Awards Winners Announced2022-01-13T10:12:01-05:00

Building a Team of Technicians in Haiti


One of the unrecognized backbones of medicine is machine technology. Oxygen concentrators, anesthesia machines, incubators, ventilators, and so many more machines are integral to modern medical care. According to the World Health Organization, “Without medical devices, common medical procedures – from bandaging a sprained ankle, to diagnosing HIV/AIDS, implanting an artificial hip or any surgical intervention – would not be possible.” What happens when these lifesaving machines break and there is no one around who knows how to fix them? Tom Monaghan, a biomedical engineering technician in the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Perioperative Services Team, is part of a team [...]

Building a Team of Technicians in Haiti2021-11-01T11:22:35-04:00
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