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The East Africa Regional Council (EARC) co-chaired by Dr. Jennifer Hatfield and Dr. Colleen Kawalilak, is planning to hold a research symposium on April 26th, 2017 at the University of Calgary. The purpose of the symposium is to share knowledge on research, development and Perspectives on Engagement in East Africa, in a collaborative manner.

All students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty are welcome to submit a presentation on any topic that concerns research, education, and engagement in East Africa. We hope to highlight the diversity of people and research from across all faculties of our campus at this event!

In order to facilitate presentations from all disciplines, the symposium will feature multiple presentation formats:

Standard Oral Presentations (15 Minutes): Present on empirical work completed or well underway, or explore a particular perspective. 

Rapid Oral Presentations (5 Minutes): Present a brief talk on your research goals or project. Suitable for research that is underway or preliminary research.

Poster Presentations: Suitable for all stages of research. Students are particularly encouraged to submit poster presentations!

Roundtable/Breakout table Discussions (45 minutes): These sessions are intended to provide an opportunity to discuss theoretical or methodological issues, funding opportunities, challenges and opportunities of working in East Africa. Proposals for roundtable discussion topics should be of interest to a wide array of students and faculty working in East Africa. 


Submit your research proposal or poster to by April 10, 2017.  All presentations require a title, main author, and list of any additional authors, with contact information. Please complete the form attached to this email to submit a proposal.

For Oral Presentations (both standard and rapid) you will also need to provide a 2-3 sentence description of your presentation topic.  For Roundtable Presentations, please provide a 5-6 sentence description of the discussion topic including your plans to facilitate the discussion, your expertise/interest in this topic, and your target audience for roundtable participants.

We will do our best to assign everyone their preferred presentation format, but may need to modify formats if we receive many proposals. If you have questions about submitting a presentation, the suitability of your presentation topic, or the event itself please contact

All proposals for presentations must be received by April 10th.

 N E P A L   E A R T H Q U A K E   R E S P O N S E:

The April 25 and May 12 earthquakes have killed over 8,500 people in Nepal; it damaged and destroyed buildings, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless.  Many of the dead and injured have been cared for, essentially free of charge, at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences. (PAHS). 

The University of Calgary has a long and fruitful collaboration with Patan Hospital and the relatively new Academy of Health Sciences.  Faculty from the University of Calgary assisted in the development of the first medical school in Nepal in the 1980’s.  Graduates from this school are now leaders at PAHS. 

PAHS is unique with an aim to train Nepalese physicians to have a heightened social consciousness and commitment to improve health delivery in rural Nepal.  PAHS has helped many Nepalese in the wake of the recent earthquake.  Now PAHS is itself in great need and requesting help from partners to help replenish their supplies and facilities.  PAHS remains committed to serve their local communities, even with the looming threat of the upcoming monsoon season and risk of mudslides in the rural communities where they work and train students.

Given our longstanding collaboration in Nepal and faculty commitment to PAHS, we would like to offer assistance to the relief efforts.  The Dean of the Cumming School of Medicine has set aside funds to support travel of highly trained members of the Cumming School, both full-time and clinical faculty, who are invited by recognized agencies to provide emergency assistance in Nepal.  We are also requesting donations in support of Patan Hospital and PAHS to assist them in providing clinical care to their patients and in teaching their medical students.  We know the leaders at PAHS personally and are confident that the donated funds will go directly to the purposes intended. 

To donate to the fund to support our colleagues who volunteer in Nepal, and also to support specific healthcare delivery and medical education needs identified by our Nepalese partners please click here:

Faculty members seeking this funding may download an application form here.  the Global Health and International Partnerships office will administer these funds.

Definition of Global Health:

"an area for study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide.  Global health emphasizes trans-national health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes inter-disciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care."  (Koplan, et al., 2009, p.1995.)

Our Vision:

"Create a socially responsible internationalization and global health program to ensure that the activities of the Faculty have a positive net impact on international development while also enhancing our international profile and benefiting our students and faculty.”  (Faculty of Medicine Strategic Plan for Global Health, May 2009) 

Message from the Associate Dean, Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement:

Creating the Future of Health: 

Dr. Jennifer Hatfield was appointed Associate Dean, Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement effective December 2, 2014.  This new role, reporting to the Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs, will provide strategic leadership for an overarching portfolio which includes global health, internationalization and community engagement.  This will help advance the university's Eyes High foundational commitment to fully integrate with our community.  In her new role, Dr. Hatfield will develop and lead faculty strategies to strengthen and coordinate partnership opportunities and engagement with communities and institutions locally and internationally.  Through initiatives targeting research, education and service, she will focus on supporting and growing partnerships that make us relevant, responsive and socially accountable to our broad and diverse communities.  

To find out more about why global health IS local health, click here

Medical Education Projects in Haiti: A Success Story

For recent updates, please to to Projects Header and Click on Haiti in the sidebar. 

Canadian Medical Teams Helping out in Haiti

Team Broken Earth is a non-profit group of Canadian healthcare professionals providing medical assistance to Haiti's earthquake victims.  In January of 2013 Team Broken Earth Calgary, led by Dr. Paul Duffy, an orthopaedic trauma surgeon at Foothills Medical Centre, spent a week at Bernard Mevs Hospital Project Medishare in Port-au-Prince, where they took over the day-to-day running of the trauma service, including providing emergency patient care and orthopaedic surgery.  A team of 22 surgeons, physicians and nurses from Foothills Medical Centre made up Team Broken Earth Calgary.   For more information on the Broken Earth project check their website:  Also, check out the Globe and Mail Doctor's Diary:

Since 2013, thirty medical residents from the Cumming School of Medicine have volunteered in Haiti, funded either by the Cumming School of Medicine's Haiti Disaster Relief fund or by the Medical Trainee Fund, with six more scheduled to depart in December of 2015 or January of 2016.  .  More recently Dr. David Campbell spent a week teaching Advanced Cardiac Life Support with EqualHealth at Partners in Health's new regional teaching hospital in Mirebalais in the Central Plateau region.  For more information on this new solar-powered hospital click here. 



The 9th Annual Rich Man Poor Man (RMPM) Dinner:  

The Event:  The RMPM Dinner is a unique dining experience and fundraiser that aims to bring awareness to the disparities in access to essential services and products between the wealthy and the poor.  Proceeds from the RMPM Dinner will be split between three initiatives/organizations.  As in years past, GPHIG is committed to their partnership with the University of Calgary’s Student-Run Clinic, who will be receiving 50% of the proceeds. However, we are seeking two additional partners, one international organization and one local organization who will each be receiving 25% of the proceeds from the event with a guaranteed minimum donation of $4000.  If you feel that your initiative/organization would be a good fit and you would like to apply to be one of our 2017 partners, please download and complete the application form at Submissions are due by April 10, 2017 at 11:59pm. 

Event Details: Bringing together students, faculty, global health advocates, physicians, and community members, the primary objective of this event is to bring to light the disparity that exists in access to stable and nutritious sources of food, clean water, and timely healthcare.  This disparity will be illustrated by serving tables of eight, where one individual will be served the “Rich Man” three-course meal, while the remaining seven will be served a simple “Poor Man” meal.  Overall, this initiative will allow participants to experience a glimpse of the lived disparity of a majority of the world’s population.  The second main objective of this event is to raise funds for local and global health initiatives.  Over the last eight years, the Rich Man Poor Man dinner has raised over $160,000 and has hosted an average of 200 guests per year.  Over the years, the Rich Man Poor Man dinner has become a well-respected event in the medical community that attracts high profile speakers, musicians and attendees.  For more information, please visit our website at or if you have any questions, please contact the RMPM team at

Help us Bring Clean Water to Families in Rural and Remote Tanzania  - 23 million people in Tanzania lack access to safe drinking water, and over 4,000 children die every year from diarrhea due to unsafe water and poor sanitation in Tanzania.  You can make a difference.  Click here to view the poster.   Just $70US will provide one family with clean water.  For more information on how to provide one or more families with a filter please contact Sheri Bastien:   Follow Project SHINE at:     You can also donate directly to this project through the UofC's Fund Development Office:

Upcoming Conferences/Seminars/Events: 

pril 22-23, 2017 Global Health & Innovation Conference, Yale University, New Haven Connecticut.  Presented by Unite for Sight.  Apply to present at this conference, register before February 28th  for a 25% discount.  Conference Schedule just announced.  For more information to to

April 25, 2017  The Whole Health Innovation Collaborative Meeting:  Applying Precision to Preventative Health and Personalized Medicine, hosted by the Conference Board of Canada, the Old Mill, Toronto.  This collaborative event will explore the importance of addressing innovation from a horizontal and vertical perspective, and discuss how we can work together to find and implement solutions that will ultimately build a better future for Canadians by making our economy and society more dynamic and competitive.  Hear about and discuss innovations in prevention and health promotion, health care system design and functioning, and workplace health and wellness.  To register for the conference or for more information:

April 26, 2017  Research, Development and Perspectives on Engagement in East Africa  The East Africa Regional Council (EARC) will host a research symposium at the Rosza Centre on the main campus at the University of Calgary.  For more information see the top of this page or contact Shannon Hawthorne, International Programs Assistant at University of Calgary International (UCI):

May 1-5, 2017  Tropical and Geographic Medicine Intensive Short Course, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus.  An intensive, week-long course for physicians, nurses, public health practitioners and other healthcare workers who intend to practice in the tropics or who require an update on infectious, parasitic, and other major tropical diseases.  For more information or registration details contact UBC, School of Population and Public Health  Tel:  (604) 822-9599

November 5-9, 2017  American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) 66th Annual meeting, Baltimore convention Center, Baltimore, MD. Call for Abstracts:  due April 12, 2017.  

ASTMH Committee on Global Health (ACGH) Student/Post-Doc Travel Awards, Application deadline - April 12, 2017  

Eligibility requirements: Eligibility is limited to graduate students, medical students, residents and post-doctoral fellows who are conducting global health research and actively participating in advocacy, program implementation or networking efforts for global health. The award recipients will present their research either orally or as a poster during the Annual Meeting.  Award: Complimentary registration and up to $750 USD cash award.

Other News:

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Download the Emergency App on your Smartphone and make note of the phone numbers for emergencies.  Download the SOS International Emergency App for mobile phones.  Visit on your smartphone.  Download the application.  Enter the university's membership number 27AYCA093142.  This will give you 24 hour access to telephone advice from a physician and referrals to more than 79,000 global, vetted providers for medical and security situations.  It also gives you travel information and alerts for each country. 

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MedJet:  UofC's Alumni Association has a new partnership with MedjetAssist.  MedJet is a world leader in medical evacuation.  They offer preferred rates to our faculty, staff and students.   As a Medjet member if you become hospitalized 242 kms or more from home, virtually anywhere in the world, Medjet will arrange medical transfer to the hospital of your choice.  For more information check

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