Category: Conferences/Seminars

U.S. Fund for UNICEF hosting Children First Speaker Series: “Ending a Killer Disease: UNICEF’s Efforts to Eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus”; April 2nd

March 25th, 2015 in Conferences/Seminars


Next week, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will be hosting Carrie Rhodes for our Children First Speaker Series. Rhodes is a volunteer leader of The Eliminate Project, a joint initiative between Kiwanis International, UNICEF and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) around the globe. Despite remarkable progress in recent years, MNT, a vaccine-preventable disease, still claims the lives of 49,000 babies each year.

We hope you will join us to hear Carrie Rhodes speak next week, April 2nd from 12:30pm-2:00pm at the Hampshire House (84 Beacon St., Boston MA).

If you are interested, please contact Laura Driscoll at 857-453-8013 or for ticket information. Thank you for your time and consideration.

African Development Conference at Harvard; Register now for April 3-4

March 24th, 2015 in Conferences/Seminars


Interested in hearing the President of Niger speak? How about the Assistant Minister of Health of Liberia? Or the head of the China Development Bank? Register to attend the African Development Conference at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Law School April 3rd-4th to engage with all of them and many more. The panels cover topics ranging from health, law, and urban planning, to finance, technology, and agriculture.

The theme this year is “Looking South – Moving Forward: Fostering development collaboration within the global South”. The conference will seek to discuss the continent’s emergence at a time when African countries increasingly look beyond their traditional partners in the West, engaging within the continent as well as with countries such as China, India and Brazil.

Tickets for the conference are available on the website ( Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends (there are group discounts – see below)!

Tickets include:

  • Full 2 day access to panels, plenary sessions, small group “dialogues for development” and Ted-style inspired “personal narratives”;
  •  Welcome networking receptions on Friday April 3rd (invitations to a VIP champagne networking session at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art will also be allocated on a first come first served basis);
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday April 4th;
  • Optional closing party at the Harvard Club of Boston on Saturday April 4th.

Discount codes for bulk buying of tickets:

  • 10 tickets = 10% discount (code: ADCgroup10)
  • 15 tickets = 15% discount (code: ADCgroup15)
  • 20 tickets = 20% discount (code: ADCgroup20)

Online Webcast: “Because Tomorrow Needs Her” sponsored by Doctors Without Borders, Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm

March 2nd, 2015 in Conferences/Seminars, Outside Announcements

Because Tomorrow Needs Her
Online Webcast
Wednesday, March 4
7:30PM EST

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans
Frontières (MSF) would like to invite you to attend a special webcast marking the launch of Because Tomorrow Needs Her, a multimedia campaign highlighting MSF’s efforts to provide accessible, high-quality health care to women and girls around the world.

Because Tomorrow Needs Her is a collection of first-hand accounts from MSF aid workers –midwives, OBGYNs, physicians, nurses, and counselors – who have treated women and girls in a host of different countries and contexts over the past two decades.

Women have distinct health needs that men do not have, starting with those related to the ability to get pregnant and bear children. In the absence of care, however, those needs can turn into risks. This is why 800 women die every day from pregnancy-related causes, when most of these deaths could easily be prevented. And while we know how to keep HIV-positive mothers from passing the virus to their babies, 700 children are born with HIV every day. What’s more, victims of sexual violence go without medical or psychological care, because the care they need is too often beyond their reach. MSF treated more than 11,000 victims of sexual violence in 34 countries in 2013; around 95 percent of them were women and girls.

Why does this gap in health care services for women exist? What can be done about it? What is MSF doing already and what does the organization hope it can do in the future?

Nina Strochlic of The Daily Beast will lead a discussion on March 4th at 7:30pm EST on these and other questions related to women’s health care. She will be joined by MSF field workers and one of the project’s photojournalists, who will share stories of women they’ve been able to help, those they haven’t, and what still needs to be done. Viewing is free, but advance registration is required. To find out more, visit our event page or follow us at #TomorrowNeedsHer

“Answering AIDS: The United States and the United Kingdom Confront a Health Policy Crisis.”

February 27th, 2015 in Conferences/Seminars

Next Friday, March 6th, the BU Sociology Seminar Series will welcome Professor Tasleem Padamsee of Ohio State University. Her talk is titled:

“Answering AIDS: The United States

and the United Kingdom
Confront a Health Policy Crisis.

The event is open and free to all who wish to attend. The event begins at 12PM in room 241 of the Sociology Department (located at 96-100 Cummington Mall).

Tasleem Padamsee is a medical and political sociologist whose work utilizes comparative and historical methods to explore issues of culture, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and health policy. Her recent work has attracted funding from the NSF, Reed Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and the National Cancer Institute.

Global Health Fellows II Webinar Recap: Where Do I Fit In? My Global Health Career Path

February 23rd, 2015 in Conferences/Seminars


On Wednesday February 11th, the Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II) hosted a public webinar focusing on the importance of diversity and inclusion in global health work through the eyes of our partners, and highlighted their career paths in global health. Unique perspectives came from our panelists, represented by GlobeMed, Global Health Corps, and PYXERA Global. We were joined by about 200 people from around the United States, and even from other countries! We enjoyed fielding your questions during this webinar. We can see from audience feedback that many people gained new insight into the practical importance of diversity and inclusion in global health. Our audience also offered us their reflections on diverse career paths as well. Read this event summary to see what each panelist spoke about.
Webinar moderator and GHFP-II Outreach, Social Media, and Communications Assistant Sylvie Rousseau discusses her perspective on diversity, and what she learned working with the panelists, and from the audience in this blog post. She also shares her responses to some of your comments!


Recordings Now Available 

Many of you have been asking, and now the video recording is available on our YouTube Channel, and the transcript is available for download. Did your tweet or post make it into the Storify from this event? Does our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy resonate with you? Be sure to send us your questions and comments via Twitter, and by emailing

Enter the GH Raffle to win a 1-day Pass to the 6th Annual CUGH Conference!

January 29th, 2015 in Conferences/Seminars, Funding

The 6th Annual CUGH Conference: Mobilizing Research for Global Health is coming up — March 26-28 –and the Department of Global Health is raffling 1-day passes to the conference for 10 students! Read below, or follow the link for a snapshot of information about the conference:

The themes include genetics and vaccines, One Health (including antimicrobial resistance and food security), the drivers of non-communicable diseases, and a deep look at improvement science. Other pressing global challenges will also be addressed from building smart cities and protecting health workers in conflict zones to the Ebola crisis. Researchers, educators, implementers, faculty, students, administrators, members of NGOs, the private and public sectors will all find many sessions relevant to their interests across. Attendees and presenters will come from the medical and social sciences and address the challenges of delivering better health to populations everywhere. Some of the many speakers scheduled to attend are listed below, as well:

  • Chris Wilson: Director, Health Discovery & Translational Sciences, BMGF
  • Victor Dzau: President, Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Science
  • Esther Duflo: Co-Director, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, MIT
  • Paul Farmer: Co-Founder, Partners in Health
  • Glenda Gray: President, South African Medical Research Council
  • Peter Piot: Director, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Beth Bell: Centers for Disease Control
  • Lawrence Madoff: Editor, ProMed Mail
  • Oyewale Tomori: President, Nigerian Academy of Science
  • Christian Mandl, Global Head of Research,
    Novartis Vaccines

If you are interested in being entered in the raffle for one of the 10 slots, please fill out the Smart Sheet form below by February 2nd.

CUGH is calling for applications to their Trainee Advisory Committee

January 14th, 2015 in Conferences/Seminars

Consortium of Universities in Global Health (CUGH), which CFHI belongs to, is calling for applications to their Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC).  The TAC informs CUGH’s activities and brings the trainee voice to everything from the board to standing committees to the annual conference.   It’s a great way for students to influence global health and local institutions, build their leadership experience, and network.


The TAC is hoping to diversify their membership to include disciplines outside the traditional health sciences, so please disseminate the link far and wide.
See the call for trainee and student applicants, applications due JAN 17:

Global Health & Innovation Conference 2015

January 14th, 2015 in Conferences/Seminars


The Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, professionals and students from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.


Register for the Global Health & Innovation Conference
by January 20 for the lowest registration rate.


Learn from 250 speakers. Keynote addresses by Ned Breslin, Gary Cohen, Jeffrey Sachs, and Sonia Ehrlich Sachs. See the conference schedule and conference speakers.

Apply to present at the Global Health & Innovation Conference!  Read more about the presentation opportunities and the abstract submission process.

The GHIC Innovation Prize is a $10,000 and a $5,000 cash prize that is awarded to the two best social enterprise pitches that are presented at the 2015 Global Health & Innovation Conference.

Call for Papers for the 23rd Annual BU Graduate Student Conference in African Studies

January 12th, 2015 in Conferences/Seminars

Learn about the call for abstracts and the conference here: 2015-AS-GSC-Call-for-Papers

FREE Conference: Re-inventing adherence: patient centered care for drug-resistant TB/HIV

January 9th, 2015 in Conferences/Seminars

View flyer here: tb_poster (2)