Newsletter - Nov 2017



November 2017

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, is the winner of the 2017 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Medical Ethics, the largest award of its kind in the field.


Dr. Farmer received the award on November 10, 2017, at the annual Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference on Medical Ethics, where he delivered a talk about bioethics and the 2013–2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The MacLean Center selected Dr. Farmer because of his life-long efforts to bring health care to some of the world’s poorest people. To read about this honor, please visit the University of Chicago’s website.

Congratulations, Paul.



On November 8, 2017, Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School was honored at the inaugural Autism Awareness Gala Fundraiser, “Together for Autism: Ensuring Acceptance and Accessibility,” at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. The event was hosted by Autism Speaks and the Embassy of Qatar.

A Global State of Mind, Discover magazine, December 2017
Congratulations Vikram, for the article written by Joanne Silberner for Discover magazine. Read the story that will take you on a nearly two-decade journey sandwiched between two very different World Bank meetings during which time Vikram created a scientific basis for global mental health that would change thinking about mental illness.


An Introduction to Global Health Delivery, by Joia S. Mukherjee with forward by Paul Farmer.

from the publisher: “An Introduction to Global Health Delivery” is a short but immersive introduction to global health's origins, actors, interventions, and challenges. Informed by physician Joia Mukherjee's quarter-century of experience fighting disease and poverty in more than a dozen countries, it delivers a clear-eyed overview of the movement underway to reduce global health disparities and establish sustainable access to care, including details of what has worked so far – and what hasn't.”

Congratulations, Joia on the publication of your book!



Helping Teens in Peru Manage HIV: A Q&A with Dr. Molly Franke

Molly Franke, SD, assistant professor of global health and social medicine spoke with her colleagues at Partners In Health recently in a question and answer session about her project at National Children's Hospital in Peru where about 130 adolescents receive HIV care and treatment. Dr. Franke and her team are tasked with learning why these adolescents struggle to adhere to their medication regimens, which puts them at risk for death. Please visit the PIH website for the full interview with Dr. Franke.


In recent months, Eric L. Krakauer, MD, PhD, HMS associate professor of global health and social medicine, has been invited to assist Ministries of Health (MoH) in several countries to integrate palliative care into their healthcare services on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO). On two recent trips to Vietnam, he worked with officials of the MoH and with WHO’s Vietnam Country Office on integration of palliative care into community-based non-communicable disease (NCD) care in five provinces. He also is assisting the MOH to revise its national Guidelines on Palliative Care.


Dr. Krakauer also was invited to assist the MoH of the Russian Federation to develop a national palliative care strategic plan. Most recently, he worked with colleagues from the MoH, the national tuberculosis program, and the Red Cross of Belarus to plan a pilot project combining treatment of M/XDR-TB with infection control, palliative care, and treatment of alcohol use disorder.



Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery
Deadline: November 15, 2017

Now accepting applications for the HMS Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery (MMSc-GHD)

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery (MMSc-GHD) program, directed by Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH.

  • Please help us spread the word: If you know a candidate whom we should reach out to, please email Christina Lively.
  • If you are planning a project in 2018–2020 that a master’s student could be part of, please email Christina Lively.
  • More information on the MMSc-GHD program may be found at online.
  • Application information may be found online.


Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery–Dubai


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 website.

Priority Deadline: December 4, 2017 | Final Deadline: February 1, 2018

Online Application:


Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018–2019 Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF). The ICRF program provides fellowships for U.S.-based medical students to take a year out from school to conduct mentored clinical research in developing countries.

Online applications and letters of support are due on January 9, 2018. For more information about the fellowship, please visit the HMS Doris Duke website or contact Carol Benoit.



Season of Giving

Food Drive: November 6–17, 2017

The Harvard Longwood Campus is hosting a food drive in partnership with Action for Boston Community Development (also known as ABCD). ABCD is a non-profit human services organization that provides low-income residents in the Greater Boston area with the tools and resources needed to transition from poverty to stability and from stability to success. The drive, which started on Monday, November 6 will end on Friday, November 17. Our food drive box is clearly marked and located outside the first-floor conference room. All non-perishable food items are welcome and will be greatly appreciated by those in need. To learn more about ABCD, please visit




Toy Drive: November 27–December 15, 2017

Join us as we continue to support our community and participate in the Phillips Brooks House Holiday gift drive. Starting Monday, November 27 through Friday, December 15, all are invited to donate toys for children of preschool through high school age. All gifts donated will benefit children whose parents may be impoverished, homeless, incarcerated, or otherwise in need. Our toy drive box will be marked and located outside the first-floor conference room. Please note that all gifts must be new and unwrapped. To learn more about Phillips Brooks House, please visit


No time to shop? No worries!

Volunteers from the Department are more than happy to do the shopping for you. Beatrice Antoine is collecting financial contributions for both the food and toy drives.


Recent Publications
  • Abhijit Nadkarni, Helen A. Weiss, Benedict Weobong, David McDaid, Daisy R. Singla, A-La Park, Bhargav Bhat, Basavaraj Katti, Jim McCambridge, Pratima Murthy, Michael King, G. Terence Wilson, Betty Kirkwood, Christopher G. Fairburn, Richard Velleman, Vikram Patel. “Sustained effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Counselling for Alcohol Problems, a brief psychological treatment for harmful drinking in men, delivered by lay counselors in primary care: 12-month follow-up of a randomized controlled trial.” PLoS Med 14(9): e1002386.
  • Shivani A. Patel, Preet K. Dhillon, Dimple Kondal, Panniyammakal Jeemon, Kashvi Kahol, Sathya Prakash Manimunda, Anil J. Purty, Ajit Deshpande, P. C. Negi, Sulaiman Ladhani, Gurudayal Singh Toteja, Vikram Patel, Dorairaj Prabhakaran. “Chronic disease concordance within Indian households: A cross-sectional study.” PLoS Med 14(9): e1002395.
  • Richard Stephen Mpango, Eugene Kinyanda, Godfrey Zari Rukundo, Jonathan Levin, Kenneth D. Gadow and Vikram Patel. “Prevalence and correlates for ADHD and relation with social and academic functioning among children and adolescents with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.” Mpango et al. BMC Psychiatry (2017) 17:336 DOI 10.1186/s12888-017-1488-7.
  • Benedict Weobong, Helen A. Weiss, David McDaid, Daisy R. Singla, Steven D. Hollon, Abhijit Nadkarni, A-La Park, Bhargav Bhat, Basavraj Katti, Arpita Anand, Sona Dimidjian, Ricardo Araya, Michael King, Lakshmi Vijayakumar, G. Terence Wilson, Richard Velleman, Betty R. Kirkwood, Christopher G. Fairburn, Vikram Patel. “Sustained effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Healthy Activity Programme, a brief psychological treatment for depression delivered by lay counselors in primary care: 12-month follow-up of a randomized controlled trial.” PLoS Med 14(9):e1002385.
  • Dr. Krakauer was a contributor to a recent WHO publication: “Planning and Implementing Palliative Care Services: A Guide for Programme Managers,” available at
  • Hildebrandt S, Benedict S, Miller E, Gaffney M, Grodin M. “Forgotten” chapters of the history of transcervical sterilization: Carl Clauberg and Hans-Joachim Lindemann. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 72(3):272-301, 2017. Read it here.
  • Hildebrandt S, Seidelman WE. Invited Editorial. “Where do they come from? A call for complete transparency regarding the origin of human tissues in research.” ESMO Open, online journal for the European Society of Oncology, DOI: 10.1136/esmoopen-2017-000201 Published 23 June 2017. Read it here.