UCSF Launches New Global Health Sciences on Feb. 11

January 26, 2005
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A February symposium featuring prominent global health experts will celebrate the official launch of a new UCSF program committed to international health issues.

Titled "Defining Global Health for the 21st Century," the symposium is scheduled for Friday afternoon, February 11. Key topics include the relative effectiveness of national versus international responses to health crises and the link between global health and international security. The event is open to the public.

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER: "Defining Global Health for the 21st Century" Friday, February 11, 2005 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Cole Hall, UCSF Parnassus Campus 513 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco

The primary mission of UCSF's new "Global Health Sciences" (GHS) program is to work with institutions around the world to develop balanced, bilateral partnerships between resource-rich and resource-poor countries. Dr. Haile T. Debas, is executive director of GHS.

GHS will focus on several ambitious initiatives designed to help resource-poor countries strengthen their healthcare and scientific infrastructure to enable them to deal with the staggering burden of chronic and infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. The initiatives include:

* Training and retention programs for health care workers (including doctors, nurses, researchers, pharmacists, and health aides) in resource-poor countries.

* Establishment of a "global health" area of concentration within several of UCSF's existing graduate degree programs.

* Training programs for administrators in resource-poor countries in the art and science of applying for and managing research grants.

Establishment of GHS underscores UCSF's commitment to global health and to the care of vulnerable populations throughout the world. GHS is already working with health officials in Tanzania, Kenya, and Vietnam.

"Resource poor nations have special barriers to overcome," says Debas. "Decimation of their intellectual resources through brain-drain and premature death due to HIV/AIDS and other endemic diseases has made it impossible to deliver healthcare effectively or to build long-term scientific and clinical programs."

He adds, "To effectively address today's critical health problems, the 20th century public health paradigm must be transformed into a 21st century global health model of partnership. The latter model is one created on principles of equality, transparency, mutual interest, and respect."


WELCOME -- Dr. J. Michael Bishop, Chancellor, University of California, San Francisco

"BUILDING STRONG INSTITUTIONS FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN EVERY NATION: THE ROLE OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES" -- Bruce M. Alberts, President, National Academy of Sciences; Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF

"MOBILIZING AN EFFECTIVE RESPONSE TO GLOBAL HEALTH CRISES: NATIONAL VERSUS INTERNATIONAL ACTION" -- Richard G.A. Feachem, Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF; Founding Director, Institute for Global Health, UCSF

"HEALTH AND GLOBAL SECURITY" -- Dr. Julio Frenk, Minister of Health, Mexico

"HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA - THE PARTNERSHIPS NEEDED -- Dr. Pascoal Manuel Mocumbi, High Representative, European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership; Immediate Past Prime Minister, Mozambique

"THE UCSF PROMISE" -- Dr. Haile T. Debas, Executive Director, UCSF Global Health Sciences; Maurice Galante Distinguished Professor of Surgery, UCSF; Emeritus Chancellor, Medical School Dean, and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at UCSF


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