MUSC Global Health Week: March 26-30th

Imagine a world where every person has access to health care.  Where malaria has been eradicated. Where hundreds of millions of people no longer suffer from TB. Where no mother or child dies from preventable causes.  From soccer to point of care diagnostics, a growing number of innovative interventions are improving access to high-quality health care for vulnerable populations worldwide. Don’t miss this weeklong series of events, sponsored by the MUSC Center for Global Health, to hear leaders in the field discuss how they are tackling unique global health challenges.








Monday, March 26

Keynote Speaker


Chris Elias, MD
President for Global Development
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Bioengineering BE110


Dr. Chris Elias is the president of the Global Development Program, where he leads the foundation’s efforts in a diverse range of program areas aimed at finding creative new ways to ensure solutions and products get into the hands of people in poor countries who need them most. Chris’s professional background is in public health and medicine. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation in February 2012, he worked in various positions and countries for international nonprofit organizations, most recently serving as the president and CEO of PATH, an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of people around the world by advancing technologies, strengthening systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors.

Tuesday, March 27                                  

Global Health Speed Networking Student Event
4:00-5:30 p.m., Gazes 125  
Registration required.  Attendance is limited to the first 40 students that sign up.            

Wednesday, March 28

Soccer as a Grassroots Intervention to Tackle HIV/AIDS
4:00-5:00 p.m., Bioengineering BE 110

Moderator:  Jeff Korte, PhD, Associate Professor, MUSC Public Health Sciences

Sponsored by MUSC Center for Global Health and MUSC Department of Public Health Sciences

Thursday, March 29

A Calling To Help:  Humanitarian Aid - the Risks, Rewards and Reality
4:00-5:30 p.m., Bioengineering BE 110

Moderator:  Lisa A. DuBois, journalist and photographer

  • Carol Etherington, MSN, RN, FAAN, Former Board President, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières; Associate Professor of Nursing Emerita, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
  • Gail Stuart, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Distinguished Professor, MUSC College of Nursing
  • Michael De Arellano, PhD, Professor, MUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Diversity

Sponsored by MUSC Center for Global Health, MUSC College of Medicine, and MUSC College of Nursing

Friday, March 30

A Hopeful Future:  How We Can End Preventable Deaths of Moms and Kids Worldwide
Bioengineering BE 110, Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.        Keynote Address
                       Kelly Saldana, Director of the Office of Health Systems, USAID

9:40 a.m.      Maternal and Child Health Needs Around the World (Panel)

                    Moderator: Kris Perry, President, Save the Children Action Network


  •  Smita Baruah, Senior Director of Global Health and Development Policy, Save the Children
  • Gweneth Lazenby, MD, MUSC
  •  Edward O’Bryan, MD, Co-Founder, One World Health
  •  Mac Segar, MUSC student

10:45 a.m.      Advocacy Training: 
                      Five Effective Ways to Talk to Your Elected Officials About Global Health

                       Ed Stierli, State Director of Mobilization, Save the Children Action Network
                       Katy Seppi, SC Mobilization Manager, Save the Children Action Network

11:45 a.m.     Lunch Reception (RSVP required)

Sponsored by Save the Action Children Network and MUSC Center for Global Health