Global Partnership Essentials


Global Partnership Essentials

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The aim of Global Partnership Essentials is to prepare students for effective and culturally appropriate engagement in Global Health activities by providing them with a background in Global Health theory, key issues, and culturally appropriate practice. 

Participants could join for anywhere from a single activity to regular attendance. Students will receive one point for each activity. Students who collect 10 and more points will be awarded a Global Partnership Essentials Certificate from the UVA Center for Global Health Equity (CGHE). Activities include: 

Global Health Curriculum (monthly): We meet monthly at 5 PM at the Center for Global Health Equity/Corner Building and discuss 1-2 landmark articles and case studies focused on Global Health, using the Partners in Health Engage Curriculum as a base, and supplement it with other relevant articles, including those by our global partners and UVA trainees/faculty. We hope to regularly invite guests from different specialties and institutions, as well as our international partners from Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and other locations.

Case-based travel preparation (bi-monthly): Our pre-travel preparation is based on the Sugar Pack simulation curriculum. These sessions will address common challenges, both practical and emotional, faced when working in resource-limited settings.

Lectures: Talks by invited speakers on relevant Global Health topics, with an emphasis on "on the ground" experiences

Other activities: We hope to promote collaboration and discussion with our international partners through various workshops and activities, as well as bring together people with similar interests in Global Health.  



The course is facilitated by Dr. Marcel Durieux, an Emeritus Professor of Anesthesia with extensive Global Health experience in Rwanda and other countries, and Dr. Eva Otoupalova, a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Pulmonary-Critical Care Physician with interest in Tuberculosis and Global Health. The course is supported by the UVA Center for Global Health Equity.


Marcel Durieux, MD, Emeritus Professor of Anesthesia ([email protected])    

Eva Otoupalova, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Post-Doctoral Fellow ([email protected])

Julia Den Hartog, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine of Internal Medicine ([email protected])

Scott Heysell, MD, Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, CHGE Director ([email protected])

April Ballard, Associate Director of Program Development, CHGE ([email protected])



Meetings in person are strongly encouraged, but a Zoom option for GH Curriculum (not for Sugar Pack) will be available. Food will be provided, including vegetarian options. Please email Eva, Marcel or April about any dietary restrictions and allergies!




November 15th, 5 PM, CGHE 

[Please download and review the cases prior to attending the meeting.]



A Social Justice Approach to Global Health

December 6th, 5 PM, CGHE


Farmer, P. (2004). Health, Healing, and Social Justice-Insights form Liberation Theology. In Pathologies of Power (pp. 394-402). Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Farmer, P., Kim, J. Y., Kleinman, A., & Basilico, M. Redefining the Possible: The Global AIDS Response. In, Reimagining Global Health – An Introduction (pp. 121-132). Los Angeles: University of California Press.



Scaling Up in Global Health: Bridging the “Know-Do” Gap

January 10th, 5 PM, CGHE


Farmer, P. (2013). Chronic Infectious Disease and the Future of Health Care Delivery. N. Engl. J. Med., 369 (25), 2424-2436.

Petros de Guex K, Augustino D, Mejan P, Gadiye R, Massong C, Lukumay S, Msoka P, Sariko M, Kimathi D, Vinnard C, Xie Y, Mmbaga B, Pfaeffle H, Geba M, Heysell SK, Mduma E, Thomas TA. Roadblocks and resilience: A qualitative study of the impact of pediatric tuberculosis on Tanzanian households and solutions from caregivers. Glob Public Health. 2023 Jan;18(1):2196569.

Sugar Pack - Mini Ethics Cases 2.0

January 23rd, 5 PM, CGHE



Structural Violence and Health Equity at Home

February 7th, 5 PM, CGHE


Scott, J. (2005, May 16). Life at the Top Isn’t Just Better, It’s Longer. The New York Times, pp. 1-17.

Drew Harris (2023, August 2). Deep Inside Mountains, Work Is Getting Much More Dangerous. The New York Times.

Sugar Pack – Culture Shock

February 21st, 5 PM, CGHE



Ethical Global Health Research

March 6th, 5 PM, CGHE


Chu, K. M., Jayaraman, S., Kyamanywa, P., & Ntakiyiruta, G. (2014). Building Research Capacity in Africa: Equity and Global Health. PLOS Medicine, 11 (3), 1-4.

Smith E, Hunt M, Master Z. Authorship ethics in global health research partnerships between researchers from low or middle income countries and high income countries. BMC Med Ethics.



Horizontal and Vertical: Challenges in Approaches to Global Health

April 3rd, 5 PM, CGHE


Mills, A. (2005). Mass Campaigns versus General Health Services: What Have We Learnt in 40 Years about vertical versus horizontal approaches? Bulletin of WHO, 83 (4), 315-316.

Guerrant RL, DeBoer MD, Moore SR, Scharf RJ, Lima AA. The impoverished gut--a triple burden of diarrhoea, stunting and chronic disease. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013 Apr;10(4):220-9.

Sugar Pack – Pack for Wellness

April 17th, 5 PM, CGHE



Equitable Global Health Training

May 1st, 5 PM, CGHE


Are we training our students to be white saviours in global health? Ananya Tina Banerjee, Shashika Bandara, Joyeuse Senga, Nadia González-Domínguez, Madhukar Pai. Lancet 2023 Oct.

Boissevain J, Richardson JW, Netshandama V, Dillingham R. The Quest for Ubuntu: Water and Health in Limpopo (WHIL) Partnership. Widening Partic Lifelong Learn. 2013 Winter;15(4):26-45.



Global Health Financing: The Need for Advocacy

June 5th, 5 PM, CGHE


Olusanya JO, Ubogu OI, Njokanma FO, Olusanya BO. Transforming global health through equity-driven funding. Nat Med. 2021 Jul;27(7):1136-1138.

Farmer, P., Kim, J. Y., Kleinman, A., & Basilico, M. (2013). A Movement for Health Equity? A Closing Reflection. In, Reimagining Global Health- An Introduction (pp. 340-353). Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Closing meeting / Ceremony

Event Start Date
Center for Global Health Equity