ABOUT GLOBAL HEALTH CATALYSTS
The Global Health Catalysts facilitates high impact win-win collaborations and activities for global health and development, working with faculty and trainees/students at different institutions, policy makers, industry, diaspora organizations and government leaders, to address health disparities.
We have a dream that one day cancer will be eradicated, and that people of all socio-economic, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds will have access to quality health care for any disease
OUR WIN-WIN APPROACH
High impact collaboration initiatives
To realize this dream, we have adopted a transformative approach rooted in the values of creative agency and collaborative work embodied in the word UBUNTU. Popularized worldwide by Nobel Prize winners Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, ubuntu signifies the idea that “I am because we are,” or human connectedness. This ethos rings particularly true in today’s hyperconnected world, where we all share in the bounty of the expanding internet, advanced information and communication technologies (ICTs) with artificial intelligence and where local health has become global health and vice versa. Activities to realize this dream can be classified into 4 areas: Education, Research, Care and Outreach with unique focus on leveraging:
advanced information and communication technologies and Artificial Intelligence
unprecedented diaspora engagement to turn brain drain to global health gain,
support for highly innovative high quality low cost approaches and technologies for eliminating global health disparities.
partnerships with governments, Ministries of Health, celebrity advocates, academia, healthcare industry and NGOs
Making a Difference
The world's award winning premier comprehensive cancer center in the cloud (C4)
Over 30,000 students engaged in ARA activities for change
New collaborations with millions of dollars in funding for global health and development work
Catalyzing support for the establishment of cancer centers in different low and middle income countries including recently in: Nigeria, Rwanda, Cameroon, Ghana, and Kenya
Catalyzing participation of USA and European stakeholders in global oncology
Over 180 travel awards to Global Health Catalyst summits
New cross-disciplinary course in Religion and Global Health
Knowledge sharing with peer-reviewed publications and 3 books
Engagement of hundreds of diaspora groups in global health and development
Unprecedented partnerships with sports, and celebrity advocates to address global health disparities
THE WIN-WIN INITIATIVE
by Prof Ahmed Elzawawy
In 2007, the Win-Win Scientific Initiative was proposed by Ahmed Elzawawy with aim of increasing affordability of better value cancer treatment in the world via exploring scientific approaches. All the stake-holders, particularly cancer patients and their families could win! This also includes flourishing the business of pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers of radiotherapy machines and medical devices without ruining a country of individual economies. In April 2016, the win-win initiative joined the Global Health Catalyst and became one of its activities. The initiative led by Prof Elzawawy, engages Industry leaders and stakeholders with goal of catalyzing win-win partnerships to increase access to cancer care and prevention in LMIC starting from Africa. Outcomes of this initiative include the C4.
RELIGION AND GLOBAL HEALTH
by Professor Kenneth Ngwa
The fields of religion and global health are not often thought of in the same context. Recent Global Health Catalysts summits have led to the emergence of a new academic field of Religion and Global Health. The GHC summits involving students and professors from theological seminaries, global health leaders and program directors from the National Institutes of Health highlighted potential ways in which a better understanding of religious traditions could be useful in combating some of the more pressing global health issues of our times like cancer and mental health. A recent book by Dr. Susan Holman (Senior Writer at the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University) has also explored how by learning the language of various religious traditions, those involved in global health would be better able to engage with people on their own terms, fostering a sense of solidarity and utilizing the resources that often already exist within these populations. Dr Kenneth Ngwa of the GHC is taking this to the next level effectively pioneering the new academic field for graduate students in Religion and Global Health with global health missions, including partnerships with churches in the USA and LMIC
WORKING WITH THE DIASPORA FOR GLOBAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
by Dr Lydia Asana
Africans in Diaspora (AiD) for Global Health: turning brain drain to gain. The African Diaspora is one the most educated diaspora groups, and constitutes a major resource for supporting development efforts in their sending continent. For example, Africans in Diaspora (AID) remit over $50 billion per year to Africa, which is more than yearly global aid to the continent. The Global Health Catalyst (GHC) has been leading engagement of the highly skilled/educated/resource-laden AiD as catalysts for global health helping turn the devastating brain drain to global health gain. The Diaspora’s passion for contributing to their sending countries, substantial material/human resource potential, status/respect in sending communities, and better appreciation of both Developed and sending LMIC country cultures are a significant asset in bridging global health disparities. A GHC survey of USA African Diaspora group leaders shows overwhelming interest (ca. 90% strong) to be a partner in the fight against cancer with suggestions on ways to catalyze such support for their sending continent. This a unique activity of the GHC engaging minorities in high income countries for global health to help their ancenstral LMIC. The GHC has been working with the African Union Ambassador in the USA, other ambassadors and the Constituency for Africa with over 100 AiD groups for high impact global health. The AiD program is a an exemplary leading-edge initiative also helping developing recommendations for the USA government in global health.