Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)

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1608 Rhode Island Avenue, Northwest

Washington, DC 20036

www.CUGH.org

Telephone: 202-974-6363 

Fax: 202-833-5078 

Email: info@CUGH.org

They call their purpose “making the university a transforming force in global health.” In January 2012 CUGH merged with the Global Health Education Consortium (which had been in San Francisco), and the many educational products developed by GHEC were transferred to the CUGH website. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation helped establish CUGH.

CUGH’s members include more than 150 universities and colleges, many of which are overseas or have overseas university partnerships. The Consortium advocates and works to strengthen university involvement in global health teaching, research, and service. CUGH hosts a large annual conference, and in 2013 it developed a Global Health Information Center offering a wide array of information. The CUGH website tells much more about what they do.

Several years ago, some CUGH members helped produce a very interesting 49 minute film called “A Doctor of My Own.” You can find it through Google. It notes that Sub-Saharan Africa has 24% of the world’s disease but only 3% of the world’s health care workers. The specific focus of the story is Namibia (a country in southwestern Africa) and efforts to establish more comprehensive and effective health education programs there (along with servicing mostly rural areas), but the story applies to many other places.