News, events and opportunities from MGH Global Health.
Mass General Global Health Winter 2017 Newsletter
Mass General Supports Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts
Planning and preparation continues to determine the success of missions undertaken by the Mass General team, which collaborates with other disaster-relief organizations to provide a professional response to communities affected by disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. About 90 percent of relief work occurs before a team even leaves Boston, with training and education preparing volunteers for health and safety challenges in the field.
The Mass General Office of Global Disaster Response trains providers with online, face-to-face, and simulation-learning experiences. Every year, Global Disaster Response Team members participate in intensive face-to-face hands-on simulations in North America. In April, 2017, the team will join the National Disaster Medical System for a mock relief exercise. And recently, members of the Mass General team joined a WHO earthquake simulation drill in Colombia.
Hack-a-thon Spurs New Ideas to Reduce Opiate Overdoses
A three-day medical technology hack-a-thon sponsored by the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies brought Mass General clinicians together with industrial designers, engineers, industry pharmacologists, and people in recovery to devise new strategies to address the opiate epidemic.
During the weekend-long event, one team developed We Are Allies, a plan to equip everyday citizen volunteers with an easy-to-administer spray version of the anti-overdose drug naloxone, which reverses the effects of an overdose by releasing the hold that opiates have on the brain and spinal cord.
Improving Cancer Diagnosis in Uganda
Doctors from Mass General are teaming up with a university in Uganda to try to help reshape public health in sub-Saharan Africa. Their goal is to dramatically decrease the mortality rate from breast cancer with accurate and early diagnoses and treatment.
One of the doctors, Omonigho "Omo" Aisagbonhi, MD, PhD, is quite familiar with Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. She twice taught and trained students there during her recent Mass General residency. In November, the Mass General pathologist returned to MUST on the teaching mission she has conceived with Drucilla Roberts, MD, an associate pathologist at Mass General.
Opportunties & Events
First Mile Innovation Challenge
The Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies and GE Sustainable Healthcare Solutions present the First Mile Innovation Challenge to crowdsource innovative technologies and solutions that directly address clinical or community hardships in global primary care.
Share your solution to a primary care challenge for the chance to win $25,000 in funding to develop your idea. Deadline: January 10, 2017
MGH Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
General Medicine & Global Health: A Non-Traditional Approach
Massachusetts General Hospital Medical Grand Rounds is a CME-accredited seminar series dedicated to improving patient care and presenting new approaches in the field of Medicine. Join faculty from MGH Global Health and the Division of General Medicine to learn more about how Mass General uses unconventional approaches to improve health in vulnerable communities around the world.
January 12, 2017
Massachusetts General Hospital
Health, Safety and Security: Rules of the Road for International Programs and Initiatives
This two-day workshop offered by MGH Global Health and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health will provide in-depth discussion and practical tips for bringing a culture of health, safety, and security to academic overseas programs. Using case-based discussion, small group simulations, and interactive sessions, experts will help course participants navigate the most pressing issues related to the health, safety, and security of deploying faculty, students, and staff.
February 9-10, 2017
The Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies at MGH Global Health, in partnership with Lattice Innovations, will hold simultaneous hack-a-thons across five cities in India to expand access to healthcare for the urban poor. This will be India's largest healthcare hack-a-thon to spur disruptive innovation and improve health around the world.
March 11-12, 2017
Bengaluru, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar, Manipal, and Delhi
Thomas S. Durant Fellowship for Refugee Medicine
The Thomas S. Durant Fellowship for Refugee Medicine sponsors health care professionals from Mass General to serve refugee populations and victims of complex humanitarian disasters.