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History of the Center for Global Health at UVa

The Center for Global Health sustains collaborative relationships with multiple partner insitutions, providing an exemplary model for international collaboration in global health and infectious disease research and training. Founded in 2001 by Dr. Richard L. Guerrant as one of the first trans-university Centers for Global Health (CGH), the University of Virginia's CGH builds on the Division of Geographic Medicine, originally established in 1978, and is one of the country's longest sustained international programs promoting international collaborative research.

Over 100 pre- and post-doctoral faculty and fellows from Latin America, Africa, and Asia have trained at UVa with a remarkable 100% returning home to become independent, innovative researchers and leaders in their own countries. Their subsequent work includes the establishment of new trans-university Centers for Global Health in Brazil, the Philippines, Ghana, and South Africa.

The Center for Global Health provides guidance and funding annually for 50+ UVa students to conduct short and longer-term multidisciplinary research and service-learning projects that address global health issues. Its intiatives attract students from around the University, including the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Law, Commerce, Engineering, Architecture, and Arts & Sciences. These students travel to Latin America, Africa, and Asia, building new relationships and helping to strengthen and diversify UVa's long-standing research exchanges with international partners. CGH additionally promotes the engagement of UVa faculty and international mentors in the development of these projects. Collectively, the work supports emerging leaders in the US and abroad, helping to develop a critical mass of professionals in diverse, crucial disciplines working to improve the health of people globally.

A history of the Center for Global Health's international collaborations is shown below:

Country Sites Health Issue/Research Topics
Bangladesh Dhaka (International Center for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research-Bangladesh - ICDDR-B) Women's health, amebiasis, diarrhea, enteric infections
Brazil Fortaleza (Universidade Federal do Ceara -UFC), Natal (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte - UFRN), Salvador (Universidade Federal da Bahia - UFBA), Florianopolis (Universidade Federal do Santa Catarina - UFSC) Enteric infections, malabsorption, HIV/AIDS, diarrhea, cryptosporidiosis, cognitive functioning, leishmaniasis
China Hefei (Anhui Medical University - AMU) Helicobacter pyloriinfection, diarrhea, gastric cancer, malnutrition, enteric infections, cryptosporidiosi
Ghana Accra (University of Ghana Medical School - UGMS), Kumasi (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,KNUST) Meningitis, glutamine supplementation, malaria, diarrhea, amebiasis
Guatemala Quetzaltenango Children's health, preventative medicine, service-learning
Haiti Port-au-Prince (Haitian Group for Study of Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections - GHESKIO) Enteric diagnostics, clinical outcomes of antiretroviral therapy
Philippines Manila (University of the Philippines - UP) Enteric infections, tuberculosis, diarrhea, sexually transmitted infections
South Africa Thohoyandou (University of Venda for Science and Technology - Univen) Sexual assault, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, malnutrition, diarrhea, enteric infections, Water and Health in Limpopo activities
Tanzania Moshi (Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center -KCMC and Tumaini University -TU) HIV/AIDS, diarrhea, enteric infections, new diagnostics, TB and HIV co-infection
Uganda Kampala (Makerere University - MU), Mbarara (Mbarara University of Science and Technology - MUST) HIV/AIDS, sepsis, fluid rehydration therapy

In summary, CGH has supported training and re-entry for international fellows which fosters strengthened collaboration and capacity building. UVA scholars mentored abroad at international collaborative sites and produced over 282 scientific publications involving researchers from multiple international sites.