January 4, 2012: Meningitis talk
“Personal observations after a decade of African vaccine development work”
Marc LaForce, MD
Project Director, Meningitis Vaccine Project
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
5 – 7:30PM
222 Richmond Street
Lecture Hall 160
Dr. LaForce directs the Meningitis Vaccine Project, a Gates Foundation-funded partnership between the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) and World Health Organization (WHO) aimed at eliminating epidemic meningitis from sub-Saharan Africa through the development, licensure, and widespread use of conjugate meningococcal vaccines.
Before joining PATH, Dr. LaForce held academic and administrative positions at the University of Colorado and the University of Rochester schools of medicine. He also served on immunization advisory committees for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for the American College of Physicians. In addition, from 1994 to 2001, he led the Steering Committee on Epidemiology and Field Research for WHO’s vaccine cluster. From 1998 to 2001, he was president of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board.
Volunteer Abroad Opportunity: Global Impact Corps | Unite for Sight
Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps is a high-impact immersive global health experience for students and for professionals. Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our Global Impact Fellows, coupled with the highest quality of healthcare delivery programs with our partners.
What do Global Impact Fellows do? Global Impact Fellows support and learn from the partner clinics’ talented medical professionals. Through hands-on, structured training, Global Impact Fellows gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in global health and social entrepreneurship, and they receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery.
Global Impact Fellows come from very diverse backgrounds, including those interested in public health, medicine, international development, social entrepreneurship, and the social sciences. Global Impact Fellows work with local doctors to eliminate patient barriers to care for patients living in extreme poverty. They assist with patient education, visual acuity screening, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, and other important support tasks. They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors. Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing global health research. For example, current Global Impact Fellows are pursuing research studies about medication management, the use of visual resources for patient education, traditional medicine practices, and patient barriers to care.
What do Global Impact Fellows say? “I gained a vast basin of knowledge not only about eye health, but also on the healthcare infrastructure, patient interactions, and management systems of the developing world. Reading about health issues in the news or in class became stark reality during my summer in Dhenkanal, and I now aim to reinvigorate my efforts to study and contribute to the field of international health. Over the course of my career, I hope that I can one day return to India as a doctor and remedy the health inequalities that remain ever-present on a global scale,” Pallavi Basu, Global Impact Fellow. See more volunteer accounts at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad/volunteer-accounts
Locations of Year-Round Eye Care Delivery:
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)
Chennai, India Program
Patna, India Program
Dhenkanal, India Program
Complete details online at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad
You may also contact Indu Voruganti, Brown University student and Unite For Sight’s Campus Representative, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Opportunity: Mali Health Organizing Project | Executive Director
The Mali Health Organizing Project (Mali Health) is a young grassroots 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to empower urban communities in Mali, West Africa, to improve maternal and child health. We do so by: 1) fostering the agency of residents and community structures to mobilize to address community health needs, 2) promoting health education, prevention, and early care seeking, and 3) enhancing financial, geographic, and cultural access to health care for poor families.
Currently we operate in a peri-urban community called Sikoro-Sourakabougou on the outskirts of Bamako. Our interlocking programs include community mobilizing training and support, maternal and child health services, a community health workers team, a health education radio show, and support for a community-managed clinic. Details are available at www.malihealth.org.
As Mali Health transitions out of a start-up phase, our Executive Director (ED) will shape our future as we deepen and expand our impact. The ED will lead our team in creating an organizational culture dedicated to social change while developing the capacity of individual team members and the organization as a whole. He or she will refine our programs to be increasingly participatory, facilitating a long-term process of locally led community development. The ED will lead expansion of our programs, ensure we have the resources required to do so, and develop alliances with other healthcare organizations.
For information, please visit http://www.idealist.org/view/job/W4GddgShsDw4.