Global Health

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

Condemning Inhuman Treatment of Migrants


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


“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


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
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