Monthly Archives: January 2012

Global Health Weekly News Round-Up

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Diseases & Disasters

WHO Video: Buruli ulcer – from a difficult past to a hopeful future

This short advocacy film depicts the tragedy of Buruli ulcer, an infectious disease that destroys large areas of skin when detected and treated late. Against this tragic backdrop, the overarching message is one of hope and promise, thanks to the introduction of antibiotics. Using facts, figures, and moving testimonials, the film brings much good news.

Save the Children Video: Chisomo from Malawi, Africa – Save the Children Introduces Health Worker

Global Health Weekly News Round-Up

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Calling all Bloggers: Medscape Seeking Public Health and Prevention Blogger

Attention all you current or prospective public health bloggers: Medscape (from WebMD) is currently seeking a blogger to write for their Public Health and Prevention website ( They are seeking candidates who write well to blog about any public health-oriented topic of interest – domestic and international. Due to budget constraints, no honorarium is available, but the time commitment is minimal: only one or two posts per month.

I worked under this contract last year ( and enjoyed it very much. Dr. Padmini Murthy blogs for them as well ( Janet Kim, senior editor and the person in charge of hiring the blog, occasionally suggests or requests posts that correspond to current events or trending topics, but for the most part the blogger has the freedom to write about topics of his or her choosing. I highly recommend this for anyone who is looking to expand their  social media presence in the online public health community!

Interested candidates can contact Janet Kim at

Webcast: Uniting to Combat NTDs

Please tune in for a special webcast featuring Bill Gates, Margaret Chan, Stephen O’Brien, pharmaceutical industry CEOs and other partners on:

Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases
Ending the Neglect and Reaching 2020 Goals

Webcast will go live Monday, January 30, 6:00 a.m. EST at
An archived video will be available after the event for on-demand viewing.

Join a group of international partners for an event that demonstrates how innovative partnership can accelerate improvements in health and development for millions of people living in the world’s poorest countries.

Through a series of coordinated commitments, these partners aim to combat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and drive progress toward the World Health Organization’s goals for control or elimination by 2020.

The event will feature:

· Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
· CEOs of Nine Leading Pharmaceutical Companies
· Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
· Senior Government Officials from Tanzania, Mozambique, Brazil and Zanzibar
· Stephen O’Brien, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, UK Department for International Development
· Dr. Bernard Pécoul, Executive Director, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative
· Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, US Agency for International Development
· Dr. Caroline Anstey, Managing Director, World Bank
· Moderated by: Riz Khan, Al Jazeera English

Internship – Global Health Fellows Program II (Washington, DC)

The Global Health Fellows Program II is pleased to announce its Internships with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Agency’s Washington, DC headquarters. These exciting positions consist of three current openings and a summer cohort of 25. For a downloadable flyer suitable for posting, please follow this link: GHFP Internship Flyer. All internships require US citizenship or permanent resident status.

Technical areas include:

  • Infectious diseases (e.g. malaria, avian influenza, TB)
  • Maternal and child health
  • Reproductive health
  • Nutrition
  • Commodities and logistics
  • A variety of competitive, positions are available. While most positions are at the graduate level, some positions are also open to undergraduate students who meet certain criteria. We are interested in people from a broad range of disciplines including:
  • Public health
  • Social work
  • Education
  • International relations/development
  • Commodity security and logistics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing /midwifery
  • Public policy
  • Pharmacy
  • Business administration

To apply
Detailed information, including an online application and instructions, is available on our website at

Free GHFP-II Webinar: Insider tips to maximize your chances for internship selection

Do you know someone who has set their sights on a substantive global health internship this summer, but fear that the competition will be overwhelming? That’s why we’re inviting them to a free webinar that can make a big difference.

The Global Health Fellows Program II has 25 sought-after internships for summer 2012. To help maximize the chances for selection, we’ve developed a webinar filled with inside tips and valuable information to help applicants stand out during the review process. All the positions are with the Bureau for Global Health at the US Agency for International Development in Washington, DC. Requirements and the application are available at

In this interactive webinar, a senior GHFP-II staffer will take participants through the basics—crafting a great application, focusing the resume for maximum effectiveness—and much more. One of our 2011 interns will also be online to describe first hand his experience as an HIV/AIDS Testing and Counseling Intern in the Office of HIV/AIDS at USAID. A Q&A session will round out the event.

Details and a link to registration are below.

GHFP-II Free webinar:
“How to land your Global Health internship—Tips from a recruiter & intern!”
Day/Date/Time: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 12-1:30 pm EST, 9-10:30 am PST
Register now, space is limited: