Regional University Global Health Consortia

Three speakers participated in the session ‘Regional University Global Health Consortia’ on Monday to discuss ways that European, Central American and Indian regions have formed global health consortia. In forming regional organizations, these alliances hope to share resources, increase advocacy efforts, and contribute more efficiently to the global health initiative.

Andrew Haines spoke about on ‘Forging a European Collaborative Agenda on Global Health.’ Haines is a member of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK and is also working to promote the European Academic Alliance for Global Health. The Alliance created a forum for International Health, Tropical Medicine, and schools of Public Health to exchange views and ideas. The Alliance wants to interact with EU Global Health policy to strengthen the European voice in global health governance. Furthermore, the Alliance is committed to international outreach by creating sustainable partnerships in African and Asian countries.

Srinath Reddy spoke on the ‘Public Health Foundation of India Providing a Platform for Partnerships to Promote Public Health.’ Reddy is a member of the Public Health Foundation of India, which was developed in 2006. The Foundation brings the private and public sector together, promotes education in new institutions, and assists in the growth of existing institutions. Reddy believes that to successfully approach global health problems, we need to create cost effective solutions that are also scalable and politically viable. These partnerships must be forged internationally and the Foundation in India has already forged these partnerships, most notably with the Public Health Foundation in Nepal.

Lastly, Esteban Chaves Olarte spoke on ‘The Struggle of Neglected Research Groups.’ Olarte is involved with NeTropica, a Global Health alliance of Central America. He opened his session with evidence of the correlation between the amount of scientific research spent and a decrease in infant mortality. Ravaged by civil wars and a lack of resources, Central America has fallen behind in respect to scientific research. In order to increase life expectancy and lower infant mortality fates, NeTropica has invested in scientific research by promoting consortia that study similar themes. These consortia create a network of resources so that everyone in the Global Health field can learn from each other. NeTropica works by supplying grants to individuals working within these consortia. Once these groups can create regional networks, the idea is that more successfully organized partnerships can be forged internationally.

Prepared by Jori Saeger

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