Global Health Initiative

Global Health Initiative Interactive Map!

Click here to see a map of the various countries where students and faculty are conducting research.

Newly Funded Grants

In June of 2015, the Global Health Initiative was awarded two new grants under PAR-13-126 Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions (D43).  Following is a brief description of each grant:

Brown Moi Partnership for Biostatistics Training in HIV
The overall objective of this proposal is to develop a training program that will expand research and curricular capacity in biostatistics and advanced quantitative methods at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, laying the foundation for a sustainable critical mass of faculty and staff scientists in this field.

Training Program in Tuberculosis and HIV Research in Ghana
The long-term goal of this program is to strengthen institutional capacity at the University of Ghana for multidisciplinary research with a focus on addressing TB/HIV research priorities. PhD and Masters Degree candidates, postdoctoral fellow and short-term trainees with complimentary expertise will be trained to develop and implement independent high-quality research relevant to TB and HIV control in Ghana. Ultimately, the work of trainees and their research collaborators will establish a center of excellence for TB/HIV research at the University of Ghana. Read more here at News from Brown.

Mission Statement

The Global Health Initiative is a multidisciplinary university-wide effort to reduce health inequalities among underserved populations locally and worldwide through education, research, service and development of partnerships.

Global Health in Education, Research and Service

The GHI is distinguished by an integrative, overarching approach to the fundamentally interrelated problems of health and development.  One key advantage of the GHI is its ability to bring together the  social, cultural, and human dimensions of global health problems and their biomedical and technological elements under a single umbrella. Building upon Brown's expertise in both population analysis and infectious disease intervention, the Initiative offers high impact education, research, and service opportunities for students and faculty, and addresses issues of capacity, infrastructure, environment, and health care delivery to reduce the burden of disease in impoverished communities.

Watch a short video about the Brown Global Health Initiative, featuring Dr. Susan Cu-Uvin, Director of the Global Health Initiative.

Students in the Spotlight:

Where Ebola Still Lives | Thu 30 Apr | New York Observer
Anshu Vaish, a medical student at Brown University and head of the non-profit WaterWalla, co-authors an op-ed about Dr. Komba Songu-M’Briwa, who contracted Ebola while treating patients in his home country of Sierra Leone.

Hillary Mabeya, MBChB, MMED, PhD, a former Brown Fogarty AITRP fellow, is now Head of the Department of Reproductive Health, Moi University School of Medicine. He is past Chair of the Division of ReproducDr. Hillary MabeyaDr. Hillary Mabeyative Health,  Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, and while at Moi initiated a comprehensive cervical cancer screening program with the support of NIH funding.  Dr. Mabeya is extensively involved in maternal care through obstetric fistula surgery and prevention through community based intervention programs. In 2011, he started the Gynocare Fistula Centre, a humanitarian facility for fistula repair in Eldoret, Kenya.  Plans are underway to build a new hospital specifically for this purpose.

Read more about Dr. Mabeya and his important work:
Proposed Fistula Repair HospitalProposed Fistula Repair HospitalAction on Fistula Update
Fistula surgery transforms lives in Kenya
Direct Relief Physician Spotlight: Hillary Mabeya
Direct Relief Partner Spotlight: Gynocare Fistula Center

Ida Sahlu
, a doctoral student in Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, recently presented a poster at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Annual Meeting entitled, "Spatial distribution of Epilepsy and Severe Chronic Headaches in 60 villages across Nayala, Boulkiemdé, and Sanguié Provinces in Burkina Faso".  Her work was funded by a Framework in Global Health Scholarship.  Authors: Ida Sahlu, Hélène Carabin, Athanase Millogo, Rasmané Ganaba, Rabiou Cissé, Marie-Paule Boncoeur-Martel, Cici Bauer, Zékiba Tarnagda, Pierre Dorny, Pierre-Marie Preux.

Meet Sylvia Shangani, Brown AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) trainee from Moi University.  She has been supported by the Brown AITRP since 2012,  having completed her Masters in Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown, and is now pursing her PhD (NIH-D43TW000237).

Brown Faculty in the News:

HIV testing yields diagnoses in Kenya but few seek care
Becky GenbergBecky GenbergBecky Genberg, PhD, assistant professor (research) of health services, policy and practice in the Brown University School of Public Health is the lead author on a new study of HIV testing in Kenya, recently published in the journal Lancet HIV.  Read more here.