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Global Health eNEWS                                             March 2017

Sponsored by:

Division of Global Health, Dept. of Family Practice; RCCbc-Rural Coordination Center of BC; GHI-Global Health Initiative; and CGHN-Clinical Global Health Network

In this Newsletter:

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The UBC Global Health Online Course Platform Launched!


Have you ever tried to take an online global health course but were unsure whether the course would contain useful content delivered in an efficient and engaging way? The newly launched UBC online Global Health Course Platform could be somewhere to start your Global Health learning journey.

Learn more. 

View the introduction video. 

Go to the platform.

Refugee Health Initiative — Updates from 1 Year on


Amidst the Syrian refugee crisis in May 2016, a cohort of medical students at UBC established the Refugee Health Initiative (RHI) to provide personalized support and empowerment to refugee families in the lower mainland of Vancouver.


Learn more about the RHI. 

Tropical and Geographic Medicine Intensive Short Course, May 1-5, 2017


This course is to offer a training opportunity for health professionals to learn an approach to preventing, diagnosing, evaluating, treating and managing people with tropical diseases.
Date: May 1-5, 2017
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (7:45 am start on May 1, 2017)
Location: UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences Building & UBC Life Sciences Centre
Early registration rate effective until April 1, 2017


Learn more about the course

Register now 

ZimCanHealth Initiative


The ZimCanHealth Initiative, led by Dr. Ray Markham, aims for capacity building in both healthcare systems in Canada and Zimbabwe, through the development of relationships and bidirectional learning opportunities leading to partnerships. Their multidisciplinary team of this year have set off for Zimbabwe recently.


Learn more about this initiative and potential elective opportunities. 

The Gulu-UBC Department of Medicine Partnership and Global Health Equity


The number of field-based global heath electives is increasing, as the pressing need to address global health inequities is recognized among trainees, educators, and clinicians. The growing partnership between the UBC Department of Medicine and Gulu Referral Hospital in Uganda serves as a model program of a mutually beneficial platform for global health clinical electives.


Learn more. 

Global Reporting Centre Receives Grant for New Project on Rh Disease


One hundred thousand newborns die every year of a condition called Rhesus Disease. The Global Reporting Centre has partnered with the Toronto Star to document efforts by doctors from Central Asia, Africa and Canada to try to wipe out Rh disease, which was virtually eradicated in the developed world a half century ago.

Read more. 

B.C. Doctors Raise Funds for Haiti Mission


The Team Broken Earth Vancouver, consisting of 30 medical professionals from five hospitals at Lower Mainland Vancouver, are set to go to Haiti to provide care for the locals and offer education and skill sharing to the Haitian health care team, on March 28 - April 4, 2017. This mission has been continued and growing for four years.

Learn more about this mission.

Zika Virus in Canadian Travellers


A research article recently published in CMAJ has examined demographic and travel-related characteristics of returned Canadian travelers with Zika infection acquired in the Americas, in order to illuminate risk factors for acquisition and the clinical spectrum. The research data were collected from the GeoSentinel Surveillance Sites in Canada, one of which is the UBC Tropical Medicine Clinic

Explore the visual abstract. 

Read the full article. 

View the podcast on this research. 

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