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Global Health Program - Global Health Monthly
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March 2024
In this issue:
FoMD Global Health Fundraiser
March Global Health Rounds (Hybrid Networking Event):  Protein trafficking in Giardia lamblia: eccentric cell biology in a eukaryote with reduced complexity
April Global Health Rounds:Francophone families in Canadian Prairies and their needs following the COVID-19 pandemic
ATACH Global Meeting:Transforming health systems in the face of climate change(live stream event)
Bethune Round Table 2024:Violence and Injury in the Context of Sustainable Development
International Electives:UME Students & PGME Residents
Global Health Rounds Archives
University of Alberta International Newsletter
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FoMD Global Health Fundraiser
Saturday, March 16, 2024
Cocktails:  5 pm | Supper & Program:  6 pm 
St. Basil's Cultural Centre, 10819 - 71 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 0X8
Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Abdullah Saleh
Tickets:  $125/each, post-secondary students:  $60/each
Deadline for Tickets: March 11, 2024
Can't attend but want to support this worthy project? Donate here.
The Global Health Program in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry has hosted an annual fundraiser, previously called the "Rich Man Poor Man Dinner," at St. Basil's Cultural Centre for many years.  The event helps fund residents and faculty from our international partner sites to come to the University of Alberta for further training; it also helps provide funding for the activities of the Medical Students Association (MSA) and the Students Invested in Health Association (SIHA), along with providing an excellent opportunity for learners, faculty and others with an interest in Global Health to interact and mingle during a fun evening. There will be silent auction which will include items such as student artwork and sport event tickets.  Proceeds support community development programs in Tanzania. 
Attendees will enjoy a meal, entertainment from our students and a keynote address by Dr. Abdullah Saleh.  Dr. Saleh is a Pediatric General Surgeon and Trauma Director, Stollery Children's Hospital and Director, Office of Global Surgery.  He is also the Chief Executive Director of Innovative Canadians for Change (ICChange). He was one of Edify Magazine's Top 40 under 40 for 2020 and was selected as such because of "his commitment to improving the quality of life and security of vulnerable people around the world through both his work as a Pediatric General Surgeon and ICChange". 
Make up a table of eight with your friends and plan to attend.  We hope to see you there!
March Global Health Rounds (Hybrid Networking Event): 
Protein trafficking in Giardia lamblia: eccentric cell biology in a eukaryote with reduced complexity
Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 12:00 - 12:50 pm
with Carmen Faso, PhD, University of Bern
Room 134, Telus International Centre, 11104 - 87 Ave., Edmonton, AB and Zoom
Pizza lunch: 11:30 am - 1 pm
Lecture: 12 pm - 1 pm
Discussion and networking 11:30 am - 2 pm
Giardia lamblia is a fascinating eukaryotic cell model due to its surprising degree of reduction in organelle number and molecular machinery composition. In this presentation Dr. Faso will present a few examples of how Giardia carries out complex tasks with minimal machinery, with unexpected twists to well-characterized processes.
Dr. Faso who is based out of Switzerland, is coming especially to be with us in person and will be available for further discussions and networking opportunities before and after her Global Health Rounds talk.  Free pizza lunch and refreshments are included.  All who register will receive a Zoom link but we encourage in person participation as this is a networking event.
Dr. Carmen Faso. PhD graduated summa cum laude in Biological Sciences from the Third University of Rome in 2003. She obtained her PhD in Natural Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and then proceeded with a first postdoctoral position at Michigan State University in the field of plant cell biology. In 2010, Carmen moved back to Switzerland, this time at the University of Zurich, and fell in love with protist parasites and their incredible cell and molecular biology. She pursued her love of everything Giardia and established her own group at the University of Bern in 2019 as a Swiss National Foundation PRIMA Professor. Since then, Dr. Faso has become the leader of the medical parasitology group and the newly-established Multidisciplinary Center for Infectious Diseases, all at the University of Bern.
April Global Health Rounds:
Francophone families in Canadian Prairies and their needs following the COVID-19 pandemic
Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm via Zoom
with Dr. Sedami Gnidehou, PhD
The French-speaking population is a minority on the Canadian Prairies (AB, SK, MB). Access to health services offered in French is infrequent. We hypothesized that this aspect was certainly exacerbated during the SARS Cov2 pandemic. Very few studies have examined the impact of the pandemic on these populations. This presentation will focus on the impact of the pandemic on French-speaking families with children in the Canadian prairies, and on the factors influencing the post-pandemic needs of this neglected population.
Dr. Sedami Gnidehou, PhD is currently appointed as Associate Professor at Campus Saint-Jean and the Francophone lead of the ELITE (Experiential Learning in Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship) program for Black Youth. She is also appointed as Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and in the School of Public Health. Dr. Gnidehou research program mostly focuses on the characterization of novel Plasmodium (P.) falciparum antigens and establish how these proteins are involved in placental sequestration pathways during malaria in pregnancy. Originally from the Republic of Benin, West Africa, Dr. Gnidehou obtained a doctorate degree in Molecular Biology from the Université Paris XI, France where she completed her degree in record time - - 3 years.
Along with her research team, she patented a vaccine candidate for pregnancy-associated malaria in 2011. That same year, the University of Alberta offered her an appointment as a research associate in its School of Public Health. Her research led to receiving the 'Canadian Rising Stars' award and a research grant in Global health as part of the Grand Challenges Canada program.
ATACH Global Meeting:
Transforming health systems in the face of climate change
(live stream event)
March 4 - 5, 2024 | Madrid, Spain
Building on the health outcomes of COP26, COP27 and COP28, particularly the Health Day, COP28 UAE Declaration on Climate and Health, the Global Goal on Adaptation, the Sharm-El-Sheikh Adaptation Agenda, and the Guiding Principles on Financing Climate and Health Solutions, formal members of the Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH) will convene to agree on how these outcomes should shape the priorities of the ATACH moving forward, responding to country demands and promoting better understanding of the barriers and opportunities to progress this important agenda. Members will also share experiences and expertise for building climate resilient and low carbon health systems.
The meeting will convene formal members of the ATACH, and is co-hosted by the Spanish Ministry of Health, Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), and the World Health Organization.
Bethune Round Table 2024:
Violence and Injury in the Context of Sustainable Development
Hybrid Conference (Addis Ababa): Thursday, May 16 - Saturday, May 18, 2024
In Person Keynotes & Panel (UofA):  Friday, May 17, 2024, 8 am - 4 pm, ECHA 2-140
Register for the conference here.
Agenda and event details are available at
The Bethune Round Table (BRT) in Global Surgery is an annual interdisciplinary meeting that brings together health professionals to discuss the challenges of delivering accessible, high-quality surgical care to marginalized patients in low-resource settings. The BRT provides a platform for individuals from diverse disciplines to convene and exchange knowledge, experiences, and ideas on improving healthcare outcomes in underserved regions. 
This year’s conference is a hybrid meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from May 16th to 18th, 2024. The theme is “Violence and Injury in the Context of Sustainable Development.” In partnership with the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS), the Office of Global Surgery (OGS) is hosting an in-person session with keynote speakers and panelists at the University of Alberta on May 17, 2024. The topic of this session is “Leadership in Global Surgery: Gaps, Opportunities & The Future”.  For any inquiries or more information, please contact the Office of Global Surgery at

International Electives:
UME Students & PGME Residents

If you are a UME student at the UAlberta, learn all about taking International Electives by going to the Global Health website.  There are many steps required to take an international elective to follow the University of Alberta and the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry's policy on International Electives.  An important step is taking the Global Health Education & Advocacy 12-hour elective which is a pre-requisite to taking all International Electives.  General questions about the steps and specific questions regarding Field Stations can be sent to  Those with questions about European Electives specifically, can contact Dr. Steven Caldwell at
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.  
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.
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 the number of COVID-19 cases, deaths, affected countries, and mortality rates go to Worldometer
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