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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.

Clarence Guenter Lecture in Global Health:

On Thursday, June 4, 2015 we welcomed to Calgary Dr. Roger Strasser, Dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, to deliver the annual Clarence Guenter Lecture in Global Health.  His topic was "Social Accountability and Global Health: NOSM and THEnet."  

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Podcast of Guenter Lecture 2015

This event was podcast, allowing anyone who was unable to attend the event to download the recording.   See the podcast link above.  

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. 



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:

"Rich Man, Poor Man" Dinner & Silent Auction, Saturday, November 5, 2016, Telus Spark Centre

The Global and Public Health Interest Group and the Student Run Clinic (medical students) announces the annual Rich Man Poor Man Dinner.  This will be hosted at the Telus SPARK Centre in Calgary.  The goal of this unique dining experience is to raise awareness of both local and international global health issues; particularly the imbalance of resources between the wealthiest and poorest individuals in society.  For event information, to purchase tickets, to make donations or to enquire about a sponsorship, please visit:    This year the recipients of all funds received will be:  Northern Lights Health Foundation, Kolabo (Mental Health initiative in Tanzania), and the Student Run Clinic.  Thank you for your continued support of this important event.

Upcoming Conferences/Seminars/Events: 

October 27, 2016:  "Paths to Fulfilling Careers in Global Health Webinar" by Unite for Sight, 4.00 to 5.00 p.m. Eastern Time.   Register at:   Learn from leading experts about their guidance and advice for a path to a fulfilling career in global health.  Gain insight about thinking outside of the box, identifying your dream job, and preparing for a successful career in global health. 

November 5, 2016:  "Rich Man Poor Man" Dinner & Silent Auction, Telus Spark Centre, doors open at 6.00 p.m.  (see details above.)

November 17, 2016:  Annual Clarence Guenter Lecture in Global Health. Topic:  Truth, Reconciliation and the Medical School.  Speaker:  Chief Wilton Littlechild, TRCC Commissioner and Indigenous Lawyer. 4.00 p.m.  Theatre Four, Health Sciences Centre; Reception to follow in the HRIC Atrium.  Open invitation for anyone to attend. 

November 14-18, 2016  Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Vancouver BC  The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) will be organizing the fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre on behalf of Health Systems Global (HSG).  The theme for 2016 is "Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world."  The call for abstracts is open.  The symposium aims to:

  • share new state-of-the art evidence;
  • review the progress and challenges towards implementation of the global agenda of priority research;
  • identify and discuss the approaches to strengthen the scientific rigour of health systems research including concepts, frameworks, measures and methods; and
  • facilitate greater research collaboration and learning communities across disciplines, sectors, initiatives and countries.  

For more information go to: or e-mail Sarah Brown at the Canadian Society for International Health

February 22-23, 2017  Health and Medical Education Scholarship Symposium.  Hosted by the Office of Health and Medical Education Scholarship, Cumming School of Medicine.  Featured will be a number of keynote speakers, oral presentations, workshops, poster session, and an unconference.  Call for Abstracts - deadline November 25, 2016.  For more information contact OHMES at or (403) 220-4342. 

April 22-23, 2017 Global Health & Innovation Conference, Yale University, New Haven Connecticut.  Apply to present at this conference, register early for a discount, or check out the Conference Schedule.  For more information to to

Other News:

All UofC faculty, students and staff are required to register with the University of Calgary Travel Registration system for any travel outside Canada:  This allows us to contact you if we become aware of an emergency in the country/area to which you are travelling.  It also allows us to assist you if you phone the University in an emergency situation.  Register with the Government of Canada at:  This allows the consulate to contact you in an emergency situation.  

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. 

  • International SOS - Phone:  1-215-354-5000 (call collect)
  • University of Calgary - Emergency Security Dispatch - 24 hrs/365 days

UCalgary Emergency Assistance Card:  Print off this card at: which has a collection of important websites, phone numbers and instructions in the event of an emergency abroad. 

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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