CUGH 2015On March 26-28, Boston University will host the Sixth Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Mobilizing Research for Global Health, and featured speakers include Olusoji Adeyi, Director, Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank; Paul Farmer, Co-Founder, Partners in Health; and Stephen Morrison, Vice President, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Staff members from the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) will attend to present research on several topics:

Malawi

  • Quality improvement practices decrease adverse event rates in a surgical male circumcision program in Malawi
    Kohler PK, Chilongozi DA, Namate D, Barr BA, Msungama W, Phiri O, Tenthani L, Chalulu K, Perdue T, Barnhart S, Krieger JN
  • Improving nursing and midwifery clinical education by developing local faculty mentoring capacity in Malawi
    Holman J, Muyaso M, Msiska G, Namate D, Wasili R

Haiti

  • An assessment of data quality in Haiti’s multi-site electronic medical record system
    Puttkammer N, Baseman JG, Devine EB, Hyppolite N, France G, Honoré JG, Matheson AI, Zeliadt S, Yuhas K, Sherr K, Cadet JR, G. Zamor, Barnhart S

Kenya

  • Evolution of the KenyaEMR training program: Towards efficiency and quality in scale-up
    Atelu C, Antilla J, Muthee V, Puttkammer N

About CUGH

Founded by leading North American university global health programs, CUGH aims to:

  • Define the field and discipline of global health;
  • Standardize required curricula and competencies for global health;
  • Define criteria and conditions for student and faculty field placements in host institutions;
  • Provide coordination of projects and initiatives among and between resource-rich universities and less-developed nations and their institutions.

CUGH is dedicated to creating balance in resources and in the exchange of students and faculty between institutions in rich and poor countries, recognizing the importance of equal partnership between the academic institutions in developing nations and their resource-rich counterparts in the planning, implementation, management and impact evaluation of joint projects.

 

MOU signed with the Ukrainian Centre for Socially Dangerous Disease Control

March 13, 2015

From L to R: Igor Kuzin, Head of the National M&E Center at UCDC; Dr. Natalia Nizova, Director of UCDC; Matt Heffron, I-TECH Informatics Implementation Specialist; Anna Shapoval, I-TECH Ukraine Country Director; and Mykhailo Rabinchuk, PR and Event Manager at UCDC. On March 11, the University of Washington Department of Global Health (DGH) signed a […]

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Faculty Partnerships with University of Namibia Lead to Strengthened School of Public Health

February 23, 2015

UNAM School of Nursing Science and Public Health Despite a decrease in the estimated annual HIV/AIDS incidence since 2001, HIV/AIDS remains a significant source of morbidity and mortality in Namibia.[1] In 2008, the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) at the University of Washington (UW) was invited to conduct a rapid assessment of […]

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Tablets Help Tanzanian Health Care Workers Upgrade Skills

February 11, 2015

Students in Kilosa, Tanzania, try out the new tablet app. In November 2014, the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) launched a program that allows practicing Clinical Assistants to upgrade to the level of Clinical Officer — the first MOHSW distance learning program in Tanzania to use tablet computers to deliver medical course […]

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E-Learning Increases Accessibility to HIV Diploma Program in the Caribbean

January 26, 2015

Students of the graduate diploma program in the management of HIV infection have the opportunity to receive instruction from a hand-selected group of experts. Photo courtesy of Ben Depp. In the Caribbean, an estimated 250,000 people are living with HIV (UNAIDS, 2013).  To address this epidemic, health workers must have the latest information to guide […]

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Stories of Success from Ethiopia: Mother’s Support Groups for PMTCT

January 7, 2015

In Mother’s Support Groups, trained mentors counsel HIV-positive pregnant women and mothers on optimal child-rearing practices and encourage them to adhere to PMTCT programs. Photo courtesy of Julia Sherburne. The following is the second in a three-part series of I-TECH success stories from Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, only 24 percent of HIV-positive pregnant women receive antiretroviral […]

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Haiti’s Electronic Medical Records System iSanté Proves Useful Tool to Improve Patient Outcomes

December 1, 2014

For nearly a decade, iSanté has allowed providers to share information among care team members and health professionals. Over the past several years, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has invested heavily in health systems and clinical data analyses in low-income countries around the world, in its efforts to support the care […]

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TrainSMART Database Customized for Ebola Response

November 17, 2014

The Training System Monitoring and Reporting Tool (TrainSMART), a web-based training data collection system designed by the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), was recently tapped by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ebola Emergency Operations Center. I-TECH is a center within the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health. […]

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KenyaEMR Implemented at More Than 340 Sites in Under Two Years

November 4, 2014

The I-TECH Kenya team celebrates implementing KenyaEMR at more than 340 facilities — along with a congratulations card from I-TECH HQ. A shifting government structure, power outages, and even the threat of crocodiles didn’t deter the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) from implementing the electronic medical records system KenyaEMR at more than […]

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UW Physician Delivers Keynote at Groundbreaking Ukrainian Conference

October 24, 2014

Dr. Joseph Merrill (left) speaks through an interpreter at the Ukrainian National Conference. On Sept. 25-26, Ukraine hosted “The Principles for the Management of Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Its Precursors in General Practice Settings,” the first national conference of its kind. Initiated and organized by the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) and other international and national […]

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