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1 Global Health Global Health Network Supercourse Project, University of Pittsburgh Building a Global Prevention Network to Share Knowledge and Wisdom

2 Mission of this lecture 1.Teach every medical, public health and nursing student in the world about global health 2. Develop a global health network for students to tackle local to global health problems.

3 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well being of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care.” Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

4 International Health “International health refers to the interlocking and interrelated health status of people throughout the world and to efforts to improve the health of all people of every country.” Last, Foege

5 Public health, medicine, and nursing: parts of the same puzzle

6 Global health is an important new term, and an important new concept. The Institute of Medicine refers to global health as "health problems, issues and concerns that transcend national boundaries, may be influenced by circumstances or experiences in other countries, and are best addressed by cooperative actions and solutions."

7 Why should medical students learn about global health As of today, medical schools have very few lectures on global health in their curricula Health is becoming a global problem, with chronic diseases being a number one killer around the globe By learning more about global health research, medical students will be better equipped to face the challenges of their unique profession

8 What should medical students know about global health Know the differences between global and international health research Identify key challenges to global health Recognize the importance of information sharing in the area of global health Recognize the importance of preventive activities in improving global health Recognize the need for global networking to improve global health locally and globally

9 Local health International health Global health

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11 Smallpox vaccination: the case of global health effort in disease eradication

12 Most important problems of global health today Communicable, maternal, perinatal and nutritional conditions Noncommunicable diseases Injuries

13 There are many challenges to global health with different professionals emphasizing different diseases. Interdisciplinary approaches are needed to ease the burden of both communicable and non- communicable diseases

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15 Digital divide: gap between haves and have nots One of the biggest global health challenges is access to information

16 Problem: Information sharing: Important challenge to global health in the 21 st century. Potential Solution: WWW

17 The importance of knowledge, learning, innovation, and IT “ The most fundamental resource in modern economy is knowledge and, accordingly, the most important process is learning” Lundvall, Bengt-Åke (1992) National Systems of Innovation. Towards a Theory of Innovation and Interactive Learning. Pinter, London and New York, pp. 342

18 Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela

19 University of Khartoum, Sudan Cuttington University, Liberia Latest Biomedical Journal 1990

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21 One of the Solutions: The Supercourse THE SUPERCOURSE is a global library of lectures on prevention and public health, shared for free by the best faculty in the world.

22 Biomedical Research Education in Medicine and Public Health

23 Global Health Information Sharing: Supercourse CD/DVD Distributed to over 10,000 individuals around the globe

24 Forming a network

25 Conclusion Global health is important, as similar conditions plague people in developed and developing countries alike Life expectancy in the 20 th century was improved due to successes in global health efforts Medical students need to know more about global health research and form networks to share important global health knowledge

26 Organizations working in the area of global health World Health OrganizationWorld Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the World Bank, UNICEF, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE International, the Global Health Council, and many othersPan American Health Organization World BankUNICEFUN High Commissioner for RefugeesUN FoundationBill and Melinda Gates FoundationCARE International Global Health Council

27 Ron Faina Mita Eugene Akira Rania Eunryoung Ezzeldeen Abed Soni Monica

28 Additional Readings Open Source Supercourse and Disaster Management Training Social Epidemiologic Methods in International Population Health and Health Services Research Principles of Research Synthesis


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