Weekly Global Health Notices, 1/9/2012 through 1/13/2012 and beyond

** February 1, 2012: Application Deadline for Framework Global Health Scholarships and Framework Faculty Curriculum Development Grants **

Framework Global Health Scholarship applications are due February 1, 2012.

Scholarships enable students (undergraduate, MPH, medical and PhD), fellows and trainees to work on global health research for a minimum of 8 weeks at an international site. IRB approval is not required upon submission; however, successful applicants MUST obtain approval before the funds can be disbursed. Awardees will receive up to $3,500. For more information, please visit http://med.brown.edu/GHI/framework

Framework Faculty Curriculum Development Grant applications are due February 1, 2012.

The Framework in Global Health and the Office of International Affairs will co-sponsor grants for faculty members developing new courses or revising existing ones to include global health content. Past grant recipients have invited guest speakers, added readings, and developed initiatives to bring global health content to the subject matter of a course. The grants are intended to incorporate global health subject matter into seminars and courses that previously had none, as opposed to enhancing seminars and courses that already include global health content.

The grants have a $4,000 maximum and will help cover the cost of students who assist instructors in course revision, travel and related expenses for guest lecturers, as well as other costs entailed with the integration of global health content into these courses. All regular members of the Brown faculty are eligible to apply (see the Handbook of Academic Administration for clarification on Regular and Non-Regular Faculty.) Previous recipients of a Framework Faculty Curriculum Development Grant are not eligible for a repeat award. For more information, please visit http://med.brown.edu/GHI/framework

January 18, 2012: Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies colloquium

“Research opportunities on HIV and substance use in mainland China”

Joseph Tak Fai Lau
Professor & Associate Director
School of Public Health and Primary Care
Chinese University of Hong Kong

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
10:00 – 11:00AM
121 South Main Street
Room 408

Dr. Lau’s interests include a diversity of risk and preventive behaviors related to HIV/AIDS, substance use (tobacco, alcohol, heroin), community responses (psychological and public health perspectives) to emerging infectious diseases (SARS, H5N1 avian influenza, H1N1 swine influenza) and topics related to sexual health and dysfunction, disaster stress, resilience, child abuse, and physical activity.

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)

Ghana Program
Honduras Program
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 indu_voruganti@brown.edu

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.