Global Health Initiative

April 25, 2015 Earthquake in Nepal

In an effort to support rescue efforts in Nepal, we are collecting donations through Brown's  Global Heath Initiative (GHI) Fund for Nepal.  These donations will provide support for projects that are developed in partnership with local organizations, with a focus on Nepal’s long-term reconstruction. The GHI-supported projects will build on research conducted by Brown faculty and students.  Your contribution to the recovery will aid in a systematic and structural process to take place over the long term. 

See the article on the Nepalense earthquake shelter built outside the Watson Institute. For more information on coordinated efforts in response to the earthquake, please visit

Make a donation online through Giving to Brown or via check.

Checks can be made out to Brown University with the designation “GHI Fund for Nepal”, and sent to:
Brown University
Gift Cashier
Box 1877
Providence, RI 02912 USA

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.