Providing Support & Strengthening Collaboration

University of Utah Global Health (GH) provides support and helps to strengthen collaboration between existing global health programs while developing management structures and tools for existing and future programs. It aims to support program access to financial and other resources to strengthen and sustain implemented programs and project the University of Utah as a leader in the global health space. GH demonstrates a longstanding passion for global health work, with over 100 faculty and staff presence in over 71 countries.

Global Health supports programs that simultaneously seek to develop academic interventions, research activities, and health services, while building on multi-professional approaches that seek to foster innovation and both operational and financial sustainability.

Global Health Programs

GH is determined to support local organizations in their quest to improve quality of life in their communities all over the world. Following is a fraction of the activity across the globe:

Drug Discovery in Papua, New Guinea

For more than 15 years University of Utah faculty have worked in natural products drug discovery in Papua, New Guinea. More lately the university's work there focuses on linking scientific discovery with conservation and social progress, supporting the development of a research lab in the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Development of Surgical Skills in Mongolia

For over 15 years the University of Utah, with the support of private foundations and associations, has worked with likeminded counterparts in Mongolia to support a country effort to develop modern surgical skills and improve access to quality surgical services in that country.

Training Programs in Ghana

GH has helped to develop local capacity in different programs from physician assistants to public health, pediatrics to surgical services in Ghana. For more than 14 years, it has fostered faculty exchanges and student education programs in this country.

Latin American Exchanges

The University of Utah has a number of interventions in Latin America, ranging from pediatric resident exchange and eye care in Guatemala to rural trauma care and dental restoration in Peru.

Partnership with India in Pediatrics Training

With a mission to improve the lives of children and their mothers through excellence in global health research, education, and health program development, the University of Utah pediatrics department has joined with the Mota Fofalia, India pediatrics center in education and training (physician, nursing, community health workers), community public health, and capacity building. There is also in development a bloodless/mobile device based hemoglobin measurement and tracking system.

Vision Care for the Navajo Nation

The Utah strip of the Navajo Nation is one of the most underserved, isolated, and neglected areas in the continental US. Approximately 25 percent of the population lives without running water or electricity, and the remoteness of the land and uneven dirt roads make daily transportation a challenge. The Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah provides monthly vision screenings and glasses for children and adults, as well as surgery for patients identified during screenings. The area is also served regularly by pediatric residents and others doing cardio imaging.

Pakistan Partnership for Water Treatment

The University of Utah, in partnership with USAID and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) in Pakistan, is working on a project to bring a Partner Center for Advanced Studies in Water [PCASW] to Pakistan, involving curriculum development focusing on simple, sustainable water treatment systems.

News & Blog

Winds of Change at WHO by Juan Carlos Negrette
Jan 20, 2017

Winds of Change at WHO by Juan Carlos Negrette

In the upcoming days the process of selecting a new Director General for the WHO will accelerate. This year’s election happens at a time in which WHO is reinforcing its support to health systems strengthening as a necessary condition for achieving universal health coverage. Simultaneously, it will continue developing structures and approaches that can rapidly and effectively respond to unexpected health threats in a changing environment and in an increasingly interconnected world.... Read More

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Extreme Affordability
Recognition, Research
Jan 13, 2017

Extreme Affordability

“Extreme Affordability” is a new design-requirement that upends the growing healthcare affordability problem by forcing close inspection of the value equation that controls for quality against cost. Costs can decrease without a corresponding slip in quality when we are relentless to improve the processes, supply chains, and synergies we use to create value.... Read More

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Blog by Matthew Fuller, MD
Recognition, Education, Research
Nov 01, 2016

Blog by Matthew Fuller, MD

Globally, trauma kills more people every year than AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. COMBINED. Let me say that again - every year, more than 5 million people worldwide die of traumatic disease. That means that every day, 14,000 people worldwide die of trauma, nearly ten deaths a minute. And yet, discussion regarding the impact of trauma, particularly on developing nations, which shoulder a disproportionate amount of trauma deaths when compared to richer nations, is virtually non-existent. As developing societies become more dependent on mechanized travel, trauma related deaths increase proportionately.... Read More

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UUHC Physicians Guide Future of Emergency Care in India
Sep 01, 2016

UUHC Physicians Guide Future of Emergency Care in India

We all know the adage 'Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.' Peter P. Taillac, M.D., and Vijay Kandula, M.D., M.P.H., AAHIVS, have put the phrase into remarkable practice. The pair have developed a "train-the-trainer" course that's modernizing emergency care in Karnataka, India and is now slated for use in other developing countries. "Emergency medicine is a brand new concept in India," explained Taillac. "Emergency care skills are not well taught or represented in the Indian medical school curriculum." ... Read More

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