When asked how she began a career in global health, Bethany Hedt-Gauthier thinks back to her experience as an undergraduate mathematics major. “I came to global health via numbers and data,” she says. From 1999-2003 Bethany served as a math teacher with the U.S. Peace Corps in Namibia. “The community where I lived had a 20% HIV prevalence, before any treatment programs were available to that population. I remember feeling very disempowered to address the obvious effects of the epidemic.” After returning from Namibia, Bethany completed a PhD in Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan
The Harvard Global Health Institute, in collaboration with the Climate Change Solutions Fund and the Harvard University Center for the Environment, hosted a symposium on the impact of climate change on health, entitled “Human Health in a Changing Climate.”
Harvard Global Health Institute's Faculty Director, Dr. Ashish Jha writes about the next steps for the World Health Organization (WHO) and their next Director General.
"The world has changed since the WHO was founded nearly 70 years ago. The number of organizations engaged in global health was small and the WHO played the central role in cross-national health issues because there were no other obvious entities to do so. Today, the world has become deeply interconnected and interdependent, and the number of organizations engaged in global health has exploded. As Julio Frenk
The Harvard Global Health Institute with the Harvard Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government hosted a special preview of the film Unseen Enemy, a documentary about the growing threat of infectious disease epidemics in our increasingly connected world.
Clips of this groundbreaking documentary was followed by a panel discussion featuring the film’s writer/director, Janet Tobias, and a panel of experts including, Ashish Jha, Peter Sands, John Connors, and Nahid Bhadelia.
Harvard Global Health Institute's Burke Fellow Dr. Rajesh Panjabi of Last Mile Health was named one of four recipients of Skoll Foundation's 2017 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
"The Skoll Awards distinguish transformative leaders whose organizations disrupt the status quo, drive sustainable large-scale change, and are poised to create even greater impact on the world. Awardees’ organizations receive $1.25 million core support investments to scale their work and increase their impact. The social entrepreneurs also gain leverage through their long-term
Global leaders in academia, government, community organizations and non-governmental entities convened at Harvard Medical School to kick off the Lancet Global Health HQSS Commission. Co-hosted by the Lancet Global Health HQSS Commission and the Harvard Global Health Institute, the event, titled “High Quality Health Systems: A Global Agenda”, featured two panels and four sessions with leading experts in academia, global health, and government.
Michelle Williams, Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Ashish Jha, Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, write about health being the human face of climate change and the unique responsibility of universities to ensure a "platform for key scientific issues that have a meaningful effect on people’s health."
The Climate and Health Meeting, led by organizers former Vice President Al Gore, Harvard Global Health Institute, and the American Public Health Association gathered more than 300 people at the Carter Center in Atlanta. The meeting filled the void left by the cancelled three-day climate and health meeting originally to be held at the CDC headquarters.
Speakers included Al Gore, HGHI's Dr. Ashish Jha, APHA's Dr. Georges Benjamin, former President Jimmy Carter, and many others scientists and climate and health leaders.
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the American Public Health Association (APHA), The Climate Reality Project, Harvard Global Health Institute, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment and Dr. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, announced a Climate & Health Meeting that will take place on February 16, 2017 at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Supported by the Turner Foundation and other organizations, the event will fill the gap left by the recently-canceled Climate & Health Summit originally
On February 8, 2017, the Harvard Global Health Institute hosted a Leadership Studio panel discussing the Coalition for Epidemic Prevention and Innovation (CEPI), its goals, the role of various sectors in pandemic preparedness reforms and the future of pandemic research and development.