Newsletter - Jan 2018




Carole Mitnick, ScD, associate professor of global health and social medicine, Harvard Medical School spoke as part of a panel, "Translational System Innovation: Platforms," at the MIT Next Wave Forum 2017, "The Next Wave in Adaptive Biomedical Innovation: Advancing Platform Trials into End to End Rapid Learning Systems." The Forum, held on December 12-13, 2017 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was part of the MIT New Drug Development Paradigms Initiative. To read more about the Forum and the Initiative, please visit their website.




In December 2017, Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health, was invited to serve as a commissioner on the WHO Independent High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases. The Commission is convened to advise Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, on how to transform new opportunities to enable member states to accelerate progress toward Sustainable Development Goals target 3.4 ("by 2030, reduce by one-third premature mortality from noncommunicable disease through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being"). To read about the WHO Independent Global High-level Commission on NCDs, please visit their website. Congratulations, Vikram.





In December 2017, Gene Richardson, MD, PhD, delivered the commencement address at the T.J.R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology at the University of Liberia to their 98 graduates. Dr. Richardson's talk was titled, "And so We Look to You."





On November 29-30, 2017, Eric Krakauer, MD, PhD, associate professor of global health and social medicine and a consultant in palliative care to the World Health Organization (WHO), gave a plenary address on, “The Global Disparity in Access to Palliative Care: Responses by the World Health Organization and by the Lancet Commission on Palliative Care,” at the 3rd Annual Conference of the Hospice Care Professionals Association of the Russian Federation in Moscow. At the conference, he also taught master classes on “Palliative Care for Patients with Dyspnea” and on “Optimum Use of Life-sustaining Treatment: Principles & Practice."


Also in November, Dr. Krakauer delivered an invited lecture on “Integrating Palliative Care & Symptom Relief into Responses to Humanitarian Emergencies and Crises: A Medical and Moral Imperative” at the University of Geneva Medical School in Switzerland.




In October 2017, Dr. Krakauer returned to the University of Medicine & Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where he serves as a visiting associate professor of medicine, to lead their required intensive courses in palliative care for physician-specialist trainees in internal medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, oncology, hematology, infectious disease, and family medicine. He also co-led Vietnam’s first intensive course in palliative care nursing at the University and taught the first sessions for medical students on new longitudinal palliative care modules and on medical ethics.

Strategy and Value Measurement for Global Health Care Delivery | March 23–25, 2018 | Dubai, UAE


The Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery–Dubai is delighted to announce the second offering of, "Strategy and Value Measurement for Global Health Care Delivery." For more details about the course, the instructors, deadlines, and how to apply, please visit the Center's website.

Final Deadline: February 1, 2018

Online Application: here.

Cooperative Research Awards

The Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery–Dubai is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for cooperative research awards in global health care delivery research.

Seed funding will be awarded for new/innovative ideas to deliver care and/or innovative expansion of existing research.

The priority for this round of proposals are:

  • diabetes and obesity (and resulting conditions)
  • optimization of surgical care delivery
  • infectious diseases, with focus on tuberculosis and hepatitis C
  • mental health

In addition, the Center is also interested in research focusing on the following as they pertain to priority topic areas:

  • dental care
  • ophthalmology
  • air pollution
  • food supply

We also welcome proposals focusing on the priority topics through the lens of maternal and child health.

Application deadline: March 15, 2018 | For more information, please visit the Center's website.

UAE and Regional Scholars Program


The Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery–Dubai will fund individuals to attend Harvard University summer programs or fund individual courses that contribute to a Harvard University degree program that optimizes the last phase of health care delivery.

Applicants must be from either the United Arab Emirates or the Center's region. Preferred applicants will have a major role in hospitals, clinical, or policy-making bodies.

Application deadline: varies by program/course, please check our website for this information

For more information, please visit the Center's website.

Recent Publications

  • Seidelman W, Elbaum L, Hildebrandt S (eds.): How to deal with Holocaust-era human remains recommendations arising from a special symposium. Recommendations/guidelines for the handling of future discoveries of human victims of Nazi terror, and “Vienna Protocol” for the Jewish or possibly-Jewish human remains are discovered, by Rabbi Joseph A. Polak. To view online, please click here.
  • Richardson ET, Kelly JD, Sesay O, Drasher MD, Desai IK, Frankfurter R, Farmer PE, Barrie MB. The Symbolic Violence of ‘Outbreak’: A Mixed Methods, Quasi-Experimental Impact Evaluation of Social Protection on Ebola Survivor Wellbeing. Social Science and Medicine 2017;195:77-82. To view online, please click here.
  • Eric L. Krakauer, MD, PhD, associate professor of global health and social medicine, together with department chair Paul E. Farmer, MD, PhD, are co-second authors of “Alleviating the Access Abyss in Palliative Care and Pain Relief—An Imperative of Universal Health Coverage,” the Report of the Lancet Commission on Palliative Care and Pain Relief that was published online in October 2017. To view online, please click here.
  • Dr. Krakauer also is first author of a chapter on “Palliative Care and Pain Control” in the final volume of Disease Control Priorities, 3rd Edition, published by the World Bank—to view online, please click here. For these two publications, Dr. Krakauer led the development of an essential package of palliative care designed to relieve the suffering of people with any serious or life-threatening illnesses, to provide financial risk protection for patients and their families, to save money for healthcare systems, and therefore to enable its integration into healthcare systems even in the poorest settings.