Providing Support & Strengthening Collaboration
University of Utah Global Health (GH) provides support and helps to strengthen collaboration between existing global health programs while developing management structures and tools for existing and future programs. It aims to support program access to financial and other resources to strengthen and sustain implemented programs and project the University of Utah as a leader in the global health space. GH demonstrates a longstanding passion for global health work, with over 100 faculty and staff presence in over 71 countries.
Global Health supports programs that simultaneously seek to develop academic interventions, research activities, and health services, while building on multi-professional approaches that seek to foster innovation and both operational and financial sustainability.
Global Health Programs
GH is determined to support local organizations in their quest to improve quality of life in their communities all over the world. Following is a fraction of the activity across the globe:
Drug Discovery in Papua, New Guinea
For more than 15 years University of Utah faculty have worked in natural products drug discovery in Papua, New Guinea. More lately the university's work there focuses on linking scientific discovery with conservation and social progress, supporting the development of a research lab in the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Pakistan Partnership for Water Treatment
The University of Utah, in partnership with USAID and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) in Pakistan, is working on a project to bring a Partner Center for Advanced Studies in Water [PCASW] to Pakistan, involving curriculum development focusing on simple, sustainable water treatment systems.
Training Programs in Ghana
GH has helped to develop local capacity in different programs from physician assistants to public health, pediatrics to surgical services in Ghana. For more than 14 years, it has fostered faculty exchanges and student education programs in this country.
Development of Surgical Skills in Mongolia
For over 15 years the University of Utah, with the support of private foundations and associations, has worked with likeminded counterparts in Mongolia to support a country effort to develop modern surgical skills and improve access to quality surgical services in that country.
Partnership with India in Pediatrics Training
With a mission to improve the lives of children and their mothers through excellence in global health research, education, and health program development, the University of Utah pediatrics department has joined with the Mota Fofalia, India pediatrics center in education and training (physician, nursing, community health workers), community public health, and capacity building. There is also in development a bloodless/mobile device based hemoglobin measurement and tracking system.
Vision Care for the Navajo Nation
The Utah strip of the Navajo Nation is one of the most underserved, isolated, and neglected areas in the continental US. Approximately 25 percent of the population lives without running water or electricity, and the remoteness of the land and uneven dirt roads make daily transportation a challenge. The Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah provides monthly vision screenings and glasses for children and adults, as well as surgery for patients identified during screenings. The area is also served regularly by pediatric residents and others doing cardio imaging.
Latin American Exchanges
The University of Utah has a number of interventions in Latin America, ranging from pediatric resident exchange and eye care in Guatemala to rural trauma care and dental restoration in Peru.