NIH global health research newsletter, with a focus on emergency care research in low- and middle-income countries, and articles on diversity in global health science, global health in a changing world, and more.

Global Health Matters e-newsletter from Fogarty International Center at NIH

July / August 2019

Focus on emergency care research in LMICs

Conducting research on emergency care in low- and middle-income countries is critical for improving global health, but is often overlooked and under-funded.

A Fogarty-supported project has published a supplement to BMJ Global Health that provides compelling reasons for investing in emergency care research and capacity building, and addresses the unique challenges developing countries face in this area of medicine.

A man and woman push a stretcher holding an injured man through the streets of Chandigarh, India.

In a hospital bed, a patient’s injured leg, which is covered in bandages, is elevated.

Dr Jeremy Farrar of Wellcome Trust addresses global health in a changing world

Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, presented the Barmes Global Health Lecture at NIH in June 2019. Farrar encouraged scientists to appreciate the world is changing so they can continue to make progress and spur transformational changes.

Dr. Jeremy Farrar smiles while standing on stage after presenting the Barmes Global Health Lecture.

Profile: Fellow studies how establishing gardens in a Peru slum can improve health

Dr. Leann Andrews launched a project to establish gardens to improve health in a slum community in Iquitos, Peru, as a Fogarty Fellow. She is the first landscape architect supported by the program.

Dr. Leann Andrews seated in small boat on the water next to seedlings in soil.

Opinion: Diversity strengthens global health science

Diverse perspectives are essential to advancing science, especially in the global health arena. Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass joins with NIH leadership to support the inclusion of geographic, economic and cultural diversity in research, and to ensure women have the opportunities needed for career advancement.

Photo courtesy of London School of Hygiene and 
Tropical Medicine. Three women participate in a panel discussion during the 2018 Women Leaders in Global Health conference.

Also in this issue

  • Leveraging ethics to guide HIV research priorities and policy
    Former Fogarty trainee Dr. Jerome Singh of CAPRISA and the University of Toronto discusses how ethics can influence government HIV/AIDS policy.

  • World Report shows scant research conducted in Middle East region
    There is a scarcity of globally funded research being conducted in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, according to a data analysis conducted by ACCESS.

  • WHO uses World Report funding data in its analyses
    The world’s leading research funders should give more consideration to the rising burden of noncommunicable diseases in LMICs, according to a recent commentary in the WHO Bulletin.

  • BIO Ventures examines global cancer research funding using World Report
    Cancer remains one of the leading causes of death globally and is a particular concern in Africa, according to a commentary by BIO Ventures for Global Health.

  • 20 million children worldwide missing essential vaccines
    More than 1 in 10 children worldwide missed out on lifesaving vaccines such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus in 2018, according to new data from WHO and UNICEF.

  • People in the news:

    • Lancet editor Dr. Richard Horton receives Roux Prize
    • Health attaché role for NIH’s Dr. Sophia Siddiqui
    • Longtime Fogarty grantee Dr. Charles van der Horst dies
    • New opportunity for Eye Institute director Dr. Paul A. Sieving
    • Global health research recognition for Dr. Vikram Patel
    • Global malaria platform taps Dr. Abdourahmane Diallo as CEO
    • Details: People in the news

  • Global health briefs:

    • Heatwave guide for cities is launched by IFRC
    • Center for Global Development reports on leveraging Africa’s capacity
    • WHO report shows number of smokers still rising
    • New FAIS Legacy Project will help train African PhDs
    • CUGH offers free e-learning resource
    • WHO updates essential medicines and diagnostic tests
    • Details: Global health briefs

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