The Centre for Global Health hosts co-curricular activities and events for a wider community of students, scholars, and practitioners engaged in global health. These activities complement the main educational and research programs by providing additional skill and knowledge development opportunities for learners, while also building a global health community.

Recent and Upcoming Events

STATISTICAL ALLIANCE FOR VITAL EVENTS (SAVE) – QUEEN ELIZABETH ADVANCED SCHOLARS (QES)

***Please note that due to the uncertainty related to COVID-19, recruitment for new QES Scholars has been put on hold***

Most deaths in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) occur at home and without medical attention. As a result, causes of death are often unknown, which limits evidence-based resource allocation, misses identifying new diseases or outbreaks (such as Ebola), reduces accountability over health expenditures, and can impede progress towards the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To address this imbalance, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR) have launched the Statistical Alliance for Vital Events (SAVE), which aims to accelerate the introduction of novel, low cost mortality monitoring systems and expand the use of existing mortality data systems. The initial focus is on India, Ethiopia, Mexico, Mozambique and Sierra Leone. Future expansion will cover about 25 countries. A key goal of SAVE is to expand the global understanding of mortality statistics and their uses.

GLOBAL HEALTH RESEARCHERS RECEIVE $500K GRANT TO BUILD CAPACITY AND EXCHANGE GLOBAL TALENT

Meet the QES Scholars

2019

ASHLEY AIMONE

Dalla Lana School of Public Health; and Visiting Lecturer, Department of Human Nutrition, School of Public Health, College of Medicine, MOI University

Topic – Child mortality in Sierra Leone and verbal autopsy implementation

Watch interview here

FERNANDA EWERLING 

Postdoctoral researcher at the International Center for Equity in Health, Pelotas, Brazil

Topic – Incorporating equity analysis of Brazilian mortality data

Watch interview here

SAYANTEE JANA 

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Management, India

Topic – Malaria in India

Watch interview here

NANDITA SAIKIA

Assistant Professor in Population Studies, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

Topic – Sex-selective abortion in India

Watch interview here

SUSAN THOMAS

Scientist D, Biomedical Informatics Center ICMR – National Institute for Research on Reproductive Health

Topic – Validating verbal autopsy diagnosis using physician keywords

2018

MICHELLE AMRI

PhD student, Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, DLSPH, Collaborative Specialization in Global Health

Studying the extent and determinants of social and economic inequalities in cities globally in low- and middle-income countries and their influence  on inequalities in health.

BRICE LIONEL BATOMEN KUIMI

PhD student, Epidemiology, McGill University

Aims to develop quality indicators to assess the performance of health systems in reducing and preventing mortality due to motor vehicle collisions.

GEETHA R. MENON

Scientist, National Institute of Medical Statistics, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi

Plans to determine the Indian Disease Burden and implement WHO tools and techniques on Indian morbidity and mortality data for periodic estimation of disease and risk factor burden.

GIRMATSION FISSEHA ABREHA

Assistant Professor, Mekelle University School of Public Health, Ethiopia

Seeking skill development in maternal and child health interventional research using longitudinal health data and demographic surveillance for policy action on the Ethiopia Health Sector Transformation Plan.

SONNIA-MAGBA BY-BUAKEI JABBI

Principal Statistician & Senior Researcher at Statistics Sierra Leone

Program will enhance his leadership of Sierra Leone’s Countrywide Mortality Surveillance for Action project, which will establish a mortality data system to support health programs, policy decision-making, and resource allocation.

MELKAMU DEDEFO GISHU

PhD fellow in Applied Statistics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Program will facilitate his work as a CHAMPS-Ethiopia Investigator tracking the cause of under-five mortality and still births in sub-Saharan African and south Asia through a new surveillance system.

Summer Institute 2018

The first Global Health and Mortality Summer Institute took place on June 25-29, 2018. Doctoral, postdoctoral, and early career scholars from around the world joined at the University of Toronto for a week of advanced training. Participants engaged in the work of strengthening health and mortality information systems in low- and middle-income countries to support innovative multi-disciplinary research on maternal and child health in order to improve access to health services. This year, we had participants from Ethiopia, India, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, and Canada. Participants are SAVE-QES Fellows, affiliates of the SAVE program, and attendees with a strong interest in statistical methods and mortality data.

Summer Institute 2018 Program

The SAVE-QES Summer Institute is designed to prepare advanced scholars at the doctoral, postdoctoral, and early career levels to:

  • Conduct quantitative research, using mortality data from publicly available datasets;
  • Develop competencies and skills through quantitative data analyses that incorporate gender, research intensive seminars, grant and manuscript writing, knowledge translation, leadership, networking and community engagement opportunities; and
  • Disseminate research results at different stakeholder forums and via high-impact journals.

Summer Institute 2019

The second Global Health and Mortality Summer Institute took place on May 27-29, 2019. Doctoral, postdoctoral, and early career scholars from around the world joined at the University of Toronto for a week of advanced training. Participants engaged in the work of strengthening health and mortality information systems in low- and middle-income countries to support innovative multi-disciplinary research on maternal and child health in order to improve access to health services. This year, we have participants from India, Brazil, Mozambique, and Canada. Participants are SAVE-QES Fellows, affiliates of the SAVE program, and attendees with a strong interest in statistical methods and mortality data.

Summer Institute 2019 Program

The SAVE-QES Summer Institute is designed to prepare advanced scholars at the doctoral, postdoctoral, and early career levels to:

  • Strengthen participants’ quantitative research and analysis skills, using mortality data from available datasets, health and mortality information systems in LMICs;
  • Develop participants’ skills in effectively communicating data analyses to diverse stakeholders (e.g. governments, donors, researchers, non-governmental organizations); and
  • Develop participants’ competencies in leadership, knowledge translation and community engagement to support them in influencing decision-making in different settings.

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Partners

The SAVE-QES Summer Institute is a partnership between the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Centre for Global Health Research. It is funded by the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholars Program, supported through a unique partnership between Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada and Canadian universities. It is made possible with financial support from the International Development Research Centre and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Apply to be a QES Scholar

Stay tuned for more information regarding Summer Institute 2020 and the applications for QES Scholars

Global Health & AI Challenge

The Global Health & AI Challenge, a partnership between the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Vector Institute will engage students in critical dialogue and problem-solving scenarios on some of the most complex global health challenges of our time. Threats to global health exist due to complex, interrelated economic, political, social, cultural, environmental, and historical factors, and thus demand creative, interdisciplinary and intersectoral solutions. Technological innovations and interventions such as AI offer the potential to disrupt these complex threats.

The 2020 winning team includes Collaborative Specialization in Global Health students Miranda Loutet (PhD Epidemiology), Archchun Ariyarajah (PhD Epidemiology), Lauren Hamill (Master of Public Health – Health Promotion), Sam Kochhar (MBA) and Nafisa Kanji (Global Executive MBA). Their approach addressed a Dengue, a disease that affects up to 400 million people annually. Their proposed solution involves an AI based platform to predict future outbreaks and help local health and government authorities with response preparedness.

For more information about the 2020 Global Health & AI Challenge click here

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Careers in Global Health

Are you interested in learning more about the different career pathways in global health? Then, this series is for you. Come share your experiences and burning questions and interact with our speakers working in academia, government, entrepreneurship, consulting and NGO sectors.

November 14th, 2019 – Careers in Global Health Panel

Model World Health Assembly (WHA)

The Office of Global Public Health Education & Training at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), University of Toronto is working with the Office of International Affairs for the Health Portfolio, Government of Canada on a simulated Model WHA for global health graduate students.

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) manages Canada’s relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO) in close collaboration with Global Affairs Canada (GAC). In particular, OIA is responsible for leading preparations and supporting Canada’s participation in WHO governing body meetings such as the World Health Assembly.

2017 – Maternal, infant and young child nutrition

2018 – Global Mental Health

2019 – Universal Health Coverage

 

John R. Evans Lectureship in Global Health

The John R. Evans Lectureship in Global Health was established by Dr. David Naylor, when he was The University of Toronto’s Dean of Medicine. The lectureship acknowledges the major role Dr. Evans played in the University of Toronto’s history and his global contributions to the advancement of human health and well-being.

February 28th, 2020 – DLSPH welcomes visiting scholar Nísia Trindade Lima will speak about her experience as the President of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in educational initiatives in universal health care coverage. The title of the talk is Brazil’s Unified Health System: history and perspectives

Global Health Speakers

Tuesday October 1st, 2019 12pm – 1pm HSB 574 Seminar Talk – Child and Adolescent Health and Development with Donald A.P. Bundy

Tuesday October 22nd, 2019 12pm – 1pm HSB 208 Seminar Talk – Managing Risks of Corruption to Advance Health, How to Make Global Anticorruption Efforts Work with Mostafa Hunter

Tuesday November 5th, 2019 12pm – 1pm HSB 574 Lecture –Primary Health Care and Regionalization in Brazil with Aylene Bousquat

Wednesday November 13th, 1pm – 2pm HSB 208 Seminar Talk – What it Means to be an International Expert for the World Health Organization with Dr. Natasha Crowcroft, Dr. Shelley Deeks & Dr. Arlene King

 

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Lecture Series

Universal health care coverage, a critical issue in global health

The importance of Universal Health Care coverage cannot be understated.

  • According to the WHO universal health care coverage means that all people and communities can use the preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.
  • There is a growing recognition, however, that many countries are not able to deliver optimal health outcomes within current health systems structures. In LMICs, between 5.7 and 8.4 million deaths result from poor quality of care.
  • There are seven characteristics necessary for achieving quality health care including “effectiveness, safety, people-centeredness, timeliness, equity, integration of care and efficiency.”

More information on events to be announced.

Webinars

April 15, 2020 Equity, Rights & Global Health during COVID-​19

The COVID-19 crisis has brought to light the already pre-existing and underlying inequities in our health, social, economic and political systems. This webinar is moderated by Ross Upshur and the panelists include Erica Di Ruggiero, Lisa Forman,Paula Braitstein, Sarah O’sullivan and Arjumand Siddiqqi.

May 20, 2020 The intersection of mental health and culture during and post-COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an increasing amount of uncertainty to our lives. The mental health impacts of the pandemic, while universal, are also unique to individuals and communities that experience them. Culture and social contexts, while not the only determinants, shape and give meaning to the mental health experience of individuals and communities. This webinar is moderated by Erica Di Ruggiero and the panelists include Akwatu Khenti, Renee Linklater, Elli Weisbaum and Corey McAuliffe

The Centre for Global Health also collaborates, supports and promotes activities by other students groups including Public Health Student’s Association (PHSA), University of Toronto International Health Program (UTIHP), and Juxtaposition Global Health Magazine.

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