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University, government and philanthropic leaders converge in Seattle to advance global health
Date:9/9/2010

Nelson Sewankambo, dean and professor of Medicine at Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Uganda; Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India, and Esteban Chaves Olarte, associate professor at University of Costa Rica.

A session on Journalism, New Media and Global Health, including NPR correspondent Joanne Silberner as a panelist, will take place on Tuesday.

This year's meeting will have an "Educational Innovations" track that will enable the sharing of best practices between academic institutions. Global health education and training programs are rapidly increasing across the country, as reported at last year's CUGH annual meeting. Today's students have a growing interest in relieving health disparities around the world and are seeking training that will enable them to pursue careers in the burgeoning field of global health.

"Where I'm from, people still die from diseases that have had solutions for decades in the United States," said Meheret Endeshaw from Ethiopia, an incoming masters of public health student at UW. "This observation sparked my interest of what can be done to bridge this gap. The CUGH conference will be a great opportunity to explore topics and make connections with people working abroad. It's a great way to begin my formal training in public health."


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