MUSC Global Health Week 2021

Join us during our annual Global Health Week for a series of panels about the global challenges and innovations during COVID-19, and events highlighting cultures from our international students and alumni.  This year, we are celebrating the week in an online format to engage with global health champions around the world.  All of the events are free, open to the public, and available online.


The Public Health Crisis of War:  Global Case Studies
Tuesday, April 13
10:00 am - 11:30 am EST
Register and join us on Zoom.

War and armed conflicts are relentless events, producing devastating effects on the wellbeing of populations, especially the vulnerable. War creates conditions that can have detrimental impacts on public health, population health, and global health, and can threaten future advancements in these areas. War is still not considered a priority public health issue, despite the grave effects on populations. This panel will deliberate the public health crisis of war, highlighting case studies from around the world.

Moderator:  John Vena, PhD, MUSC
Mulugeta Gebregziabher, PhD, MUSC:  War as a Public Health Priority
Isaias Irgau, MD, FACS, FRCS(Ed), Christiana Institute of Advanced Surgery:  Tigray, Ethiopia: Global Case Study
Aissatou Ba, PhD Student, MUSC:  Western Africa: Global Case Study
Sonicki Zdenko, PhD, University of Zagreb:  Croatia: Global Case Study
Florez Hermes, MD, PhD, MUSC:  Experiences from Venezuela and Impact in Latin America
Jeff Korte, PhD, MUSC:  Impact of War on Global Health Endeavors

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

Innovations During a Pandemic
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
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Sponsored by MUSC and Clemson








With the onset of COVID-19, healthcare workers, hospitals and industry across the world faced daunting challenges. Some required quick and innovative solutions, and others spurred groundbreaking ideas that have fueled the research and innovation pipeline for years to come. This session features designers, researchers and innovators who have taken on the challenge of COVID-19 needs, and are working to make healthcare workers safer, hospitals more efficient, diagnosis more affordable, and treatment more effective. Panelists will discuss domestic and global needs, solutions and opportunities and put into context the events of the COVID-19 and the phrase “resource poor” as it relates to the U.S. healthcare system.

Dr. John Desjardins, Clemson Bioengineering

Dr. Jeff Anker, Clemson Chemistry
Dr. Julie Marshall, MUSC Division of Population Oral Health
Melissa McCullough, Clemson Bioengineering
Amanda LeMatty, Clemson Bioengineering student
Robert Falconer, Clemson Bioengineering student

A Journey into the Cultural Dances of the Arab World 
Raqs Arabi
:  Lecture-Demo
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST
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Celebrate music and dance from the Arabian Peninsula/Raqs Khaliji, the Levant Region/Raqs Shami, North Africa/Raqs Maghrebi and Egypt/Raqs Masri. This virtual lecture-demonstration is hosted by Beena from Charleston, SC with live drumming from guest percussionist, David Metz from Seattle, WA.

Beena was influenced by the Egyptian and Lebanese styles of Arabic dance; both folkloric and classical oriental. She has also studied, performed and presented cultural dances from the Gulf and the Levant. She currently teaches private lessons and group classes in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley.

Guest percussionist David Metz is a Graphic Designer and a Sound Engineer. In 2003, David discovered the Arabic Tabla. As an artist and musician, the sounds and rhythms of the Middle East, and the people and cultures from which they arose, reached deep into his heart and stirred a love that has continued growing every day.  Since then, he has attended Georges Lammam’s Middle Eastern Music Camp in Mendocino, CA and Karim Nagi’s Arabic Dance Seminar.

Globe-trotting with MUSC International Students:  Lebanon, Philippines and Sri Lanka
Thursday, April 15, 2021
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
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Do you miss traveling and learning about different cultures? Join us for this virtual event where MUSC international students will share information about their home countries, including culture, food, languages and healthcare.

Amanda Daulagala, College of Graduate Studies
Jessa Mae H. Sabate, College of Pharmacy
Rose Marie Akiki, College of Graduate Studies/College of Medicine

Challenges of Global COVID-19 Vaccination
Friday, April 16, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
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In 2020, every corner of the world was suddenly upended due to COVID-19 - a virus that had no regard for borders or wealth. The scientific community has made great progress, working at an unprecedented speed to create multiple effective vaccines.  While promising, there are still enormous challenges ahead towards achieving global immunity. Critical bottlenecks such as vaccine hesitancy, supply chain, distribution, and equity must be addressed to accelerate the pace of vaccinations.  International experts will discuss these issues and lessons learned from other countries.

Lisa K. Saladin, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
James W. Colbert Endowed Chair
Medical University of South Carolina

Thomas C. Quinn, MD, MSc
Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health
Professor of Medicine, Pathology, International Health,
Epidemiology and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Director of International Research, NIH

Peter Hotez, MD, PhD
Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine

Professor, Pediatrics, Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Baylor College of Medicine

Heidi Larson, PhD
Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science
Founding Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Emmanuel Agogo, MBBS, MSc, MTropMed, DRCOG, FRCGP
Nigeria Country Representative
Resolve To Save Lives (An initiative of Vital Strategies)