Pfizer Initiative/Center for Global Health International Partnerships

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Pfizer Initiative/Center for Global Health International Partnerships

Center for Global Health international exchanges at the University of Virginia provide a model of sustained international collaboration in global health and infectious disease research and training. Founded in 2001 by Dr. Richard L. Guerrant as one of the first pan-university Centers for Global Health, the University of Virginia's CGH builds on the Division of Geographic Medicine, originally established in 1978, and is one of the country's longest sustained international programs promoting international collaborative research.

Over 100 pre and postdoctoral faculty and fellows from Latin America, Africa, and Asia have trained at UVa with a remarkable 100% returning home to become independent and innovative researchers and leaders in their own countries. Their subsequent work includes the establishment of new trans-university Centers for Global Health in Brazil, the Philippines, Ghana, and South Africa 

The Center for Global Health provides guidance and funding annually for 50 UVa students to conduct short and long-term multidisciplinary research and service-learning projects that address global health issues. CGH additionally promotes the engagement of UVa faculty and international mentors in the development of these projects, which draw students from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Law, Commerce, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences. Students travel to Latin America, Africa, and Asia, building new relationships and helping to strengthen and diversify UVa's long-standing research exchanges with international partners. This support of emerging leaders in the US and abroad contributes to developing a critical mass of scientists and health professionals working to improve the health of people globally.

International Collaborative Sites

Bangladesh
Sites: Dhaka (International Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research-Bangladesh - ICDDR-B)
Health Issue/Research Focus: Women's health, amebiasis, diarrhea, enteric infections
Collaborative Research conducted for 14 years
International Fellows Trained at UVA: 3
UVA students mentored in Bangladesh: 4
Collaborative Scientific Publications: 20

Brazil
Sites: Fortaleza (Universidade Federal do Cear√° - UFC
), Natal (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte - UFRN), Salvador (Universidade Federal da Bahia - UFBA), Florianopolis (Universidade Federal do Santa Catarina - UFSC)
Health Issue/Research Focus:
Enteric infections, malabsorption, HIV/AIDS, diarrhea, cryptosporidiosis, cognitive functioning, leishmaniasis
Collaborative Research conducted for 27 years
International Fellows Trained at UVA: 40
UVA students mentored in Brazil: 46
Collaborative Scientific Publications: 174

China
Sites: Hefei (Anhui Medical University - AMU)
Health Issue/Research Focus: Helicobacter pylori infection, diarrhea, gastric cancer, malnutrition, enteric infections, cryptosporidiosis
Collaborative Research conducted for 20 years
International Fellows Trained at UVA: 4
UVA students mentored in China: 2
Collaborative Scientific Publications: 17


Ghana

Sites: Accra (University of Ghana Medical School - UGMS), Kumasi (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST)
Health Issue/Research Focus: Meningitis, glutamine supplementation, malaria, diarrhea, amebiasis
Collaborative Research conducted for 20 years
International Fellows Trained at UVA: 7
UVA students mentored in Ghana: 20
Collaborative Scientific Publications: 6

The collaboration in Ghana includes clinical electives support for 4th year UVa medical students. The Ghana elective initiative is directed by  Dr. Moses Woode. Students interested in the rotation should complete the application.

Guatemala
Sites: Quetzaltenango (Primeros Pasos)
Health Issue/Research Focus: Children's health, preventative medicine, service-learning
Collaborative Programs conducted for 5 years
International Fellows Trained at UVA: 0
UVA students mentored in Guatemala: 50+
Collaborative Scientific Publications: 0

The collaboration with Guatemala's primary focus is clinical, research and services electives and projects support for UVa students. The Guatemala initiative is directed by Dr. David Burt.

Haiti
Sites: Port-au-Prince (Haitian Group for Study of Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections - GHESKIO)
Health Issue/Research Focus: Enteric diagnostics, clinical outcomes of antiretroviral therapy
Collaborative Research conducted for 3 years
International Fellows Trained at UVA: 3
UVA students mentored in Haiti: 0
Collaborative Scientific Publications: 5

Philippines
Sites: Manila (University of the Philippines - UP)
Health Issue/Research Focus: Enteric infections, tuberculosis, diarrhea, sexually transmitted infections
Collaborative Research conducted for 7 years
International Fellows Trained at UVA: 3
UVA students mentored in the Philippines: 6
Collaborative Scientific Publications: 17

South Africa
Sites: Thohoyandou (University of Venda for Science and Technology - Univen)
Health Issue/Research Focus: Sexual assault, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, malnutrition, diarrhea, enteric infections, Water and Health in Limpopo activities
Collaborative Research conducted for 5 years
International Fellows Trained at UVA: 3
UVA students mentored in South Africa: 6
Collaborative Scientific Publications: 20

Tanzania
Sites: Moshi (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center - KCMC and Tumaini University - TU)
Health Issue/Research Focus: HIV/AIDS, diarrhea, enteric infections, new diagnostics, TB and HIV co-infection
Collaborative Research conducted for 4 years
International Fellows Trained at UVA: 3
UVA students mentored in Tanzania: 3
Collaborative Scientific Publications: 3

Uganda
Sites: Kampala (Makerere University - MU), Mbarara (Mbarara University of Science and Technology - MUST)
Health Issue/Research Focus: HIV/AIDS, sepsis, fluid rehydration therapy
Collaborative Research conducted for 20 years
International Fellows Trained at UVA: 2
UVA students mentored in Uganda: 5
Collaborative Scientific Publications: 20

In summary, CGH has supported training and re-entry for 68 international fellows which fosters strengthened collaboration and capacity building, 92 UVA scholars mentored abroad at international collaborative sites, and produced over 282 scientific publications involving researchers from multiple international sites.

Revised October 2009