CUGH Newsletter – January 2011
Welcome to the first edition of the CUGH quarterly newsletter!

In this inaugural issue we report on the CUGH and its recent activities, including the very successful 2010 CUGH annual meeting in Seattle. Also, in this and future editions of the newsletter we will spotlight CUGH member programs, faculty and students who embody the significant impacts on global health being made by universities. Read below to discover the contributions being made by a Boston University professor, a Harvard undergraduate student, and a new global health program at the University of Michigan. On behalf of the CUGH Board of Directors, I look forward to our ongoing dialogue about how universities are transforming global health and how the CUGH can support them. We hope to see you in Montreal in November!  

— Haile T. Debas, MD
Chair, CUGH Board of Directors



  2011 CUGH Annual Meeting in Montreal

The 2011 Global Health Conference, co-hosted by the Global Health Education Consortium, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, and the Canadian Society for International Health, will be held on November 13–15, 2011 in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit the conference website at:


CUGH Member Faculty Profile

  Muhammad Zaman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Principle Investigator, Laboratory for Engineering Education and Development
Boston University

Focus: At the interface of cell biology, mechanics, systems engineering and medicine, Zaman seeks to develop robust technologies and innovative solutions to improve the quality and practice of medicine in the developing world.

Challenge: In developing regions worldwide, millions of people die annually because of lack of affordable diagnostic technology, poor capacity to maintain equipment or ineffective systems level public health policy.

Innovation: Zaman’s Laboratory for Engineering Education and Development (LEED) has developed a cell phone and solar-powered pulse oximeter and is working on other low-cost innovative solutions.
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CUGH Member Student Profile

  Rumbi Mushavi
Harvard College, Class of 2012

Rumbi Mushavi is a junior at Harvard College and a native of Zimbabwe. She was a Harvard Institute for Global Health (HIGH) International Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (I-SURF) participant in Uganda during the summer of 2010 and is actively engaged in global health activities at the University. The I-SURF program in Uganda gives students mentored scientific and academic research projects in a rural and resource-limited setting. Students complete independent projects alongside Harvard faculty and in-country mentors – in Uganda, students work with researchers at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
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Watch video about Rumbi’s work in the I-SURF program »

CUGH Member Program Spotlight

University of Michigan Center for Global Health

  Program Highlight: The Ghana-Michigan Collaborative Health Alliance for Reshaping Training, Education & Research (CHARTER), funded with a two-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

CHARTER Focus: Strengthen human resource information systems, enhance and expand health professional and research training, and improve capacity to evaluate the impact of selective human resource policies on the performance, retention and satisfaction of health workers throughout the country.

CHARTER Challenge: Design an evidence-based roadmap for academic government collaborative interventions that will strengthen the training and deployment of human resources for health in Ghana.
Read More »


2010 Annual Meeting A Smashing Success in Seattle

We’d like to thank all of the attendees, organizers and sponsors of the CUGH meeting held September 19-21, 2010 at the University of Washington in Seattle. By all accounts the meeting, which had over 860 attendees, was a big success. If you were not able to attend, or you want more information about the sessions you missed, you can find slides, a detailed program, a list of attendees and other information on the 2010 annual meeting website. Recaps and perspectives from the conference, as well as photos and video interviews with participants, can be found on the CUGH blog. Webcasts of the sessions can be found on the CUGH YouTube channel.  

It’s Membership Renewal Time

In our first year offering membership, the CUGH secured 46 Institutional, 3 Associate, and 14 Partner Members. We will continue building a robust membership and plan to build a Global Health Knowledge Center that will include information on the role, accomplishments, types and distribution of global health programs offered by you, our CUGH members. 2011 is a critical year for CUGH and we intend to capitalize on the momentum we gained in 2010. We need your continued support to achieve our goals. As in the past, dual CUGH and GHEC memberships are available at discounted rates. See the membership section of the CUGH website for more information about the membership renewal process.

Global Health Policy Update

Global health was a hot topic in Washington, D.C. this past year starting out with lots of excitement and ending with much uncertainty. In this policy update we have highlighted the major events in global health in 2010 including the Obama Administration’s Global Health Initiative, the Presidential Policy Directive, and the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. Given the strong interest and concern with cost cutting in our government today, global health promises to be on the agenda again in 2011. To keep our membership informed of policy changes that present both challenges and opportunities for global health programs, we are launching a global health policy update to which you can subscribe.

Member News & Events


CUGH Members: You can now submit your announcements and events to the CUGH website. Visit the submission page for more information.

Please send us ideas for spotlights for future newsletters.

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