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Global Health Program - Global Health Monthly
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February 2022
In this issue:
6th Annual Global Health Fair
Global Health Rounds:  Solar Power Oxygen Delivery For Childhood Pneumonia in Low Income Settings
Cancelled:  Rich Man Poor Man Dinner Fundraiser
Decriminalization & Safe Supply:   Tools in a Drug Poisoning Crisis Online Panel Discussion
Global Health Rounds:  Mark your Calendar!
Notice from University of Alberta International:  Award Competitions for 2022-2023 Now Open
University of Alberta International Newsletter
Global Health Rounds Archives
 If You Have Heart (Lib Yaleh) Radio Project Fundraiser
Find Us On Twitter!
6th Annual Global Health Fair

More Information here
Register here
 (One Zoom link for all sessions)
 The 6th annual Global Health Fair is focused on global health education and research relating to biomedical science, individuals and communities. The Global Health Fair provides an opportunity for researchers, clinicians and educators to share their medical knowledge and scholarship on various topics related to global health, as well as provide an opportunity for networking and bridge-building across disciplines. As with previous Fairs, it is held in conjunction and in collaboration with the Biomedical Global Health Research Network (BGHRN) and University of Alberta International (UAI) International Week events Feb. 1 - Feb. 7, 2022.  We encourage you to check out the events planned for I-Week.
Climate Change and Health:  Moving Local Research Into International Policy
Dr. Sherilee Harper, MSc, PhD
9:00 am - 9:40 am
Covid 19 Vaccination Among Newcomers to Canada
Dr. Shannon MacDonald, PhD, RN
9:40 am - 10:15 am
Abstracts/Networking in Wonder
10:15 am - 10:30 am
How Might Climate Change Impact Communicable Diseases?
Dr. Stan Houston, MD DTM&H FRCPC
10:30 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Abstracts/Networking in Wonder
11:30 am - 11:45 am
Keynote:  From Arboviruses to Justice: Efforts To Create a Sustainable World and Populace Using an Arboviral Perspective
Dr. Desiree LaBeaud, MD, MS, FASTMH
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
The Supportive Role of Technology in the Future of Psychiatry
Dr. Xin-Min Li, MD, PhD, FRCPC
9:00 am - 9:40 am
Examining Psychosocial Adaptation with Syrians Using
Community Learning for Empowerment Groups
Dr. Sophie Yohani, PhD, RPsych
9:40 am - 10:30 am
10:30 am - 11:00 am 
 The Effect of Covid-19 on Maternal Health
Dr. Vincent Okuuny, MBChB (GULU), Mmed Family Medicine (MUK)
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Abstracts/Networking in Wonder
11:30 am - 11:45 am
Keynote:  Impact of War on Women and Children
Dr. Andy Knight, FRSC, PhD, MA, Hons BA
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Global Health Rounds: 
Solar Power Oxygen Delivery For Childhood Pneumonia in Low Income Settings
with Dr. Michael Hawkes, Dr. Nicholas Conradi, and Dr. Abdullah Saleh
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm via Zoom
Register here
Our team had developed a technique to provide oxygen off the electrical grid in remote and rural areas, testing the process at 25 hospitals in Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Somalia. This presentation will discuss the proof-of-concept, efficacy (mortality benefit), and cost-effectiveness of solar powered oxygen delivery. We will also speculate on pathways to scale to maximize global impact.

Dr. Michael Hawkes, (BEng, McGill U; MD, U of Alberta; PhD, U of Toronto; DTM&H, Peru; FRCPC, Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases; Distinguished Researcher, Stollery Science Lab) is a clinician-scientist at the University of Alberta. In addition to a clinical practice in consultant Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Stollery Children’s Hospital, he leads a translational research program in global pediatric infections. Diseases of focus include some of the leading infectious disease killers of children in the world today: malaria, pneumonia, Ebola, and HIV. He holds peer reviewed grants (CIHR, Grand Challenges Canada, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology) that support basic science research, epidemiologic studies, and clinical trials. He operates field sites in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, which have been cited over 3,300 times in the medical literature. His research is improving outcomes in children with serious infections in some of the least developed areas of the globe. 

Dr. Nicholas Conradi, BSc, MPH, MD, PhD Candidate has a BSc in Biological Science and Human Geography from the University of Alberta, an MPH from King’s College London, University of London and MD from the University of Limerick.  He is currently a Pediatric Resident and completing his PhD in Medical Sciences, Pediatrics at the University of Alberta.  He is the co-founder of World Interdisciplinary Forum for Healthcare which was formed following The Network:  Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) 2018 International Conference. Students from across 13 countries and 5 continents committed themselves to reinventing the way students passionate about healthcare (whether from medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, business, engineering, etc.) engage with one another in joint learning, research, and advocacy. Together, we hope to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve locally, nationally, and internationally by developing innovative interdisciplinary approaches to local healthcare issues, all while sharing and accessing the great ideas being developed around the world. 
Dr. Abdullah Saleh, MD is an Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. An alumni of the University of Calgary he currently works as a pediatric surgeon at the Stollery Children's/University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. He established the Office of Global Surgery which develops global partnerships to improve access to surgical care and trains clinicians and global health innovators. He co-founded and directs Innovative Canadians for Change (ICChange), a not for profit social enterprise which raises funds for international development initiatives.  Other projects he’s been involved with include providing vocational training and access to high-efficiency stoves to refugees on the Burma-Thai border and the Kenya Ceramic Project, a water-filtration initiative that provides clean drinking water for 100,000 Kenyans.  
Cancelled:  Rich Man Poor Man Dinner Fundraiser
Due to the ongoing challenges of the global pandemic we have made the decision to cancel the Rich Man Poor Man Dinner Fundraiser for another year. 

Decriminalization & Safe Supply:  
Tools in a Drug Poisoning Crisis
Online Panel Discussion
February 3, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30 pm MST
Register here

Global Health Rounds: 
Mark your Calendar!
Date Presenters
Feb 15 Drs. Michael Hawkes, Nick Conradi, Qaasim Mian and Abdullah Saleh
Mar 1 Ellen Gunn, SIHA
Mar 15
Dr. Manfred Accombessi
Apr 5 Dr. Delphine Autheman
Apr 19 Dr. Wayne Clarke
Notice from University of Alberta International: 
Award Competitions for 2022-2023 Now Open

Education Abroad Individual Award  Deadline: February 15, 2022

Open to full-time students at any level of study participating in programs outside of Canada of at least three weeks in length. Students must have a GPA of at least 2.7 over their last two semesters (Fall 2021 and Winter 2021). The value of the award ranges from $750 to $3,750 depending on the length of the program. The program abroad must be starting after May 1, 2022. By applying for the Individual Award, students are also considered for a number of Endowed Awards as well. 
Deadline: February 15, 2022
The Consular Corps Award supports studies and research that enhance students’ knowledge of international relations and development in such areas as diplomacy, conflict, trade and cultural relations, as well as Canada’s role in advancing world peace and economic development. It may be of particular interest to students going out on exchange or a summer program who are studying in that field, and if there are any students heading out for research. Graduate and PhD students are also eligible. There is also a digital poster that I'm attaching to this email that can be sent out to promote the award. 
If you have inquiries on any of the awards listed above, please email
University of Alberta International Newsletter
Reading Your World is the UAI Global Education Program's weekly e-Newsletter. It promotes global citizenship by engaging UAlberta and Edmonton communities in dialogues on critical global  issues, advancing understanding of rights and responsibilities in a global community and furthering understanding of cultural diversity. For more info and to subscribe to the Reading Your World eNewsletter go here.
Global Health Rounds Archives
If you miss any of our Rounds presentations this academic year, go to this link to access the Global Health Rounds Archives.  
 If You Have Heart
(Lib Yaleh)
Radio Project Fundraiser
If you would like to donate to this project and would like more information, go to this link.  Consider making a donation in honour of someone special in your life!
Tragically, in Ethiopia over 1 in every 250 pregnancies results in the death of the mother, and 1 in 30 the death of a newborn baby. The Ethiopian government is working to ensure access to skilled care during childbirth by increasing the number of hospitals and health centres across the country. Health facilities provide staff with the technical capacities, supplies, medicines, and equipment needed to manage complications and prevent deaths.  But due to lack of knowledge in their communities, many expectant mothers don't make use of these facilities. With greater community awareness most of these senseless deaths can be prevented.  
In response, Dr. Michael Frishkopf, Professor & Associate Chair (Graduate Studies), Dept. of Music at the U of A and his associates Dr. Roger Turnell & Dr. Khalid Aziz produced the song “If You Have Heart(Lib Yaleh) featuring two of Ethiopia’s biggest stars, Zeritu Kebede and Tadele Gemechu, singing in the country’s two most widely understood languages (Amharic and Oromo). Dr. Frishkopf and his associates are using radio to broadcast this song and deliver its life-saving message to Ethiopian communities. 
The Global Health program encourages the public to join us in supporting Dr. Frishkopf's important work by donating funds to the Canadian based charity Farm Radio International. These funds will go to pay for radio air time to disseminate the song's vital message. 
Donations made to Farm Radio International are eligible for a Canadian tax receipt.
Go to this link for more information about the Maternal Newborn Child Health Project and read the article "Song Aims to Reduce Maternal Deaths in Ethiopia" here for background information on this project.
The mission of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) is to  support academic institutions and partners to improve the wellbeing of people and the planet through education, research, service, and advocacy. Their vision is to support the university as a transforming force in global health. We encourage our faculty, staff and students to check out what CUGH has to offer!
Global Health Now is a newsletter out of John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that provides a scan of various global publications (New York Times to the Journal of Biologic Chemistry) featuring scientific developments and the status of COVID-19 in countries around the world. 
To receive a free subscription of Global Health NOW go to:
For up to date information on number of COVID-19 cases, deaths, affected countries, mortality rates go to Worldometer
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