Upcoming Global Health Webinars

10 January, 2020

For our colleagues in Zambia looking for mentorship in palliative care, this webinar hosted by CUGH may be of interest (please read below). The second one on climate action may also be of interest to members of the group.



Julie Thorne, MD, MPH, FRCS(C)

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist



Reproductive Health

Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Visiting Lecturer, Moi University, Eldoret Kenya

Email: jgthorne@gmail.com

Cell: +1 289 230 9667

WhatsApp: +254 791 421007

2019 Lancet Countdown: Opportunities to Improve Health through Climate Action

January 31, 2020

11:00 am to 12:00 pm EST

Register here- shorturl.at/fsHV6

The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international, multi-disciplinary collaboration that monitors the links between health and climate change through indicators highlighting the threats to health and the solutions. The 2019 Global Report and its companion Policy Brief for the United States were released on November 13, 2019. Dr. Salas and Dr. Patz will discuss how these recent findings present a profound opportunity to improve health and the steps needed to achieve a healthier future for everyone.


1) Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH

University of Wisconsin-Madison

2) Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


3) Keith Martin, MD, PC

Executive Director, CUGH

For more information, including the speakers' biographies, please see the event page here- shorturl.at/adKSU


Improving Access to Palliative Care: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ease Serious Health-Related Suffering

February 5, 2020

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST

Register here- shorturl.at/loIJ0

Serious health-related suffering (SHS) afflicts over 61 million people worldwide, with over 80% of symptom burden occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Palliative care – an interdisciplinary intervention aiming to relieve physical, psychological, social, and spiritual suffering for patients and caregivers arising from serious illness – can reduce SHS globally. While access to palliative care has been deemed an essential human right by the World Health Organization and other international entities, there are major gaps in palliative care access and delivery that disproportionately afflict those in LMICs. These gaps are exacerbated by a lack of trained workforce, lack of access to pain medications, and inadequate integration into health systems and healthcare delivery.

In this webinar, we will first define palliative care and its role in promoting the health and well-being of individuals and populations worldwide. Second, we will discuss major gaps and opportunities to improve palliative care access and delivery, particularly in LMICs. Third, drawing on the unique experiences of our expert speakers in Rwanda, Liberia, and Botswana, we will compare examples of interventions aiming to train palliative care workforce and build capacity at the national and regional level. Specifically, we will discuss educational initiatives, guidelines, and national policies implemented in partnership with local ministries of health and regional/international advocacy groups, with specific emphasis on interdisciplinary efforts to bolster nursing workforce and improve access to essential pain medicines. We will end with a question and answer session.


1) William Rosa, MS, APRN-BC, FCCM, FAANP, FAAN

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

2) Christian Ntizimira, MD, MS

City Manager, Kigali


3) Nauzley Abedini, MD, MSc

University of California, San Francisco

For more information, including the speakers' biographies, please see the event page here- shorturl.at/uOPU9

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HIFA Profile: Julie Thorne is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at AMPATH-RH; Moi University; University of Toronto in Kenya and has a professional interest in family planning, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, complex contraception, abortion care and access to services, human centred design, and in health systems change.

Email address: jgthorne AT gmail.com