Here are your May community updates:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities / Fellowships Recent Publications
  • Global Health Community Highlights
  • Opportunities to Engage

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Upcoming Events

MGfC Pediatric Grand Rounds and MGH Global Health Grand Rounds
“Decreasing the Burden of Cholera in Endemic Settings: Challenges and Forseeable Solutions”

Tuesday, June 4th
8 am – 9 am ET
In person: The O’Keeffe Auditorium
Virtually: Zoom



Firdausi Qadri, MD

  • Senior Scientist, Mucosal Immunology and Vaccinology Unit, Infectious Diseases Division,
    International Centre for Diarrheal Disease and Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Lead, Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives

MGHGlobalEd Collaborative Spring 2024 Meeting

Tuesday, June 4th
12 pm – 1 pm ET

This meeting will cover the topic of running or being involved in an NGO while being a MGH Faculty member. We welcome guest speakers Dr. Esther Freeman, Dr. Ruma Rajbhandari, Dr. Shreedhar Paudel and Dr. Kathleen Corey to share their experiences.

This meeting is for members of the MGHGlobalEd Collaborative only. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact CGH Program Manager Juliana Hoke at

  • Esther Freeman, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor, HMS
    Director, Global Education and Clinical Innovation
    CGH Director, Global Health Dermatology, MGH

  • Ruma Rajbhandari, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS
    Gastroenterologist, MGH

  • Shreedhar Paudel, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, HMS
    Psychiatrist, MGH

  • Kathleen Corey, MD, MPH
    Associate Professor of Medicine, HMS
    Gastroenterologist, MGH

Funding Opportunities

  • MGH Global Health Community Engagement Awards – These awards aim to improve health equity and support community-based projects, humanitarian opportunities and requests for specialized assistance from NGOs. MGH staff and faculty are eligible for the awards, and their collaborators from partner institutions are also eligible. So… do you have a community partner with whom you collaborate? This award funding could be quite strategically helpful to them. Learn more at this link.
  • MGH Center for Global Health Finish Line Grant (GHFLG) – Do you have a project that’s near completion? Do you need just a little more support to finish it? This grant program aims to serve as a catalyst for the completion of projects – as well as a way to support mentorship between MGH Global Health faculty and junior investigators and trainees. GHFLG awards can range from $500-$2,500 per award each year. They can be used to pay for protected time, childcare costs and more. See this document for more information and how to apply. Contact Lindsey Garrison at with questions.

Employment Opportunities / Fellowships

  • Burke Climate and Health Fellowship – This two-year fellowship supports research at the intersection of climate change and global health. Applications will be accepted until Friday, May 31st 5 pm ET. Visit the fellowship website for more details.

Recent Publications

Here is a selection of our community’s recent publications, alphabetized by first author. To share your published work in the next newsletter, please email

  • Abuali, Inas, Aju Mathew, Eulade Rugengamanzi, Panot Sainamthip, Haydeé Verduzco-Aguirre, and Aparna R. Parikh. “Guiding Principles for Community Building in Global Oncology.” American Society of Clinical Oncology Educational Book 44, no. 3 (June 2024): e100045.
  • McCluskey, Suzanne M, Winnie R Muyindike, Victoria Nanfuka, Daniel Omoding, Nimusiima Komukama, Ian T Barigye, Lydia Kansiime, et al. “Population Effectiveness of Dolutegravir Implementation in T Uganda – A Prospective Observational Cohort Study P (DISCO): 48-Week Results,” n.d.
  • Mudzingwa, Emily Krogstad, Lindsey De Vos, Lauren Fynn, Millicent Atujuna, Ingrid T. Katz, Sybil Hosek, Connie Celum, Joseph Daniels, Linda-Gail Bekker, and Andrew Medina-Marino. “Youth-Friendly Services Was the Magic: Experiences of Adolescent Girls and Young Women in the Community PrEP Study, South Africa.” Global Public Health 19, no. 1 (December 31, 2024): 2349918.

Global Health Community Highlights

Thanks for attending the 2024 MGH Global Health Expo!

With 22 tables from programs and organizations promoting global health work, this year’s expo was attended by more than 100 people from within and outside the Mass General Brigham community.

Four awards were given as part of the Global Health Service Awards program:

  • Excellence in Research and Innovation Award
    Gugu Shazi
    Africa Health Research Institute
    Professional Nurse, Autopsy Study Program Coordinator

  • Excellence in Education and Mentorship Award
    Daniel Neves Forte, MD
    Hospital Sírio-Libanês, Brazil Intensive Care Physician

  • Excellence in Education and Mentorship Award
    Kathleen Corey, MD, MPH
    Harvard Medical School Associate Professor of Medicine

  • Excellence in Global Disaster Response and Humanitarian Action Award
    Lianet Vazquez, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital Resident Physician

Health Tech Without Borders with Global Response Medicine hosts Ukrainian Delegation of Physicians from Kharkiv in Boston, MA

Responding to an urgent request by the Ukrainian government, GRM partnered with the World Health Organization and the EU Foreign Policy Initiative in 2023 to support a fellowship for Ukrainian physicians tasked with acute care during the war. In collaboration with Health Tech Without Borders, Heal Ukraine Group, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health, Boston Medical Center, and Boston University, eight fellows came to Boston to train at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center.

See the press release for more information.

Dr. Anne Kao, MD, MPH served as a Visiting Faculty at UGHE in May.

Co-Director of the Pediatric Hospitalist Division at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Anne Kao, MD, MPH, reports back from her time as a Visiting Faculty at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda:

“I spent the week at the Rwanda Military Hospital, along with my colleague and fellow Pediatric Hospitalist Kerstin Zanger, to teach the first class of graduating medical students from the University of Global Health Equity. It was also the school’s first class going through a senior pediatric clerkship. The schedule of morning report, rounds, sim, didactics, case review and case presentations were very familiar to me, given the rhythms of academic medicine here at MGH. The students were incredibly bright, inquisitive and eager to learn. The level of discourse and discussion with these curious and capable students was certainly equivalent to that which I experience here at MGH with our learners. 

“I am eager to return and strengthen the relationship between UGHE and the MGfC Pediatric Hospitalist Division in order to continue to provide faculty as well as curriculum (Dr. Zanger and I helped create several didactic case based learning topics as well as OSCEs for the students) to further the training missions of UGHE as well as MGfC.”

Please welcome Isabel Lana, C-CHW, as the new Program Coordinator for the MGH Asylum Clinic and the MGH Center for Immigrant Health.

Isabel Lana, C-CHW, is a certified Community Health Worker and has a BA in Psychology. Prior to joining this position, she was the Program Coordinator at MGH Equity and Community Health. Being a first-generation immigrant from Brazil is what fuels her passion to work in the field of immigrant health.

Dr. Awki Asombang receives mentorship award

Shout out to Awki Asombang, MD, MPH! Recently she received an award for Global Mentorship from the Medical Women’s International Association (Near East and Africa Region) and the Medical Women’s Association of Zambia for her work in mentoring African medical students and early career doctors through POHER (the Pan-African Organization for Health, Education and Research), the NGO she co-founded and for which she serves as president.

View the latest Global Health Community Meeting Minutes

Opportunities to Engage

  • Mass General’s Hispanic Psychiatry Clinic is continuing to grow. They are accepting referrals for monolingual Spanish-speaking patients who receive primary specialty care at MGH. PCPs can refer patients for psychopharmacology services via the PTIS Epic referral, or contact the clinic at 617-643-7998.
  • We are building a global health library in our office. Feel free to stop by, check out a book and please add books to the list here.Some suggested topics to get you thinking include: diversity, equity and inclusion, global health, leadership and decolonizing global health. We’re excited to see your picks!
  • Do you have Boston area accommodations (a guest room, perhaps) that you can offer to our international collaborators traveling to Boston for short-term stays? If you’re able to host, please complete this REDcap survey.
  • If you are interested in teaching at the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Rwanda as a Visiting Faculty, please contact Program Manager Juliana Hoke at
  • Interested in becoming a Global Health Affiliate or Associate? Learn more here.

Do you engage in global health work or want to find ways to get involved?

Complete the MGH Global Health Annual Survey today!

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