Last month on Africa2U, I hosted Dr. Lydia Asana, Coordinator of the Harvard Global Health Catalyst Summit, and Dr. Bashkim Ziberi, a member of the 2019 Summit’s Abstract Committee from the Department of Radiation Oncology, Department from the Department of Radiation Oncology and a member of the 2019 Harvard Global Health Catalyst Abstract Committee`, to chat about the different ways low to medium income countries can benefit from collaboration and partnership in the health sector through the Harvard Medical School’s Global Health Catalyst Summit
This Global Health Catalyst program is funded by the Radcliffe, Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and a growing number of funding agencies and industry partners with goal to catalyze high impact international collaborations to eliminate global health disparities, with main focus on cancer and related diseases.
Dr. Ziberi and Dr. Asana highlighted some of the low-cost technologies that increase access to care and approaches for global health that have been developed through this initiative including the tiny drone technology targeting cancer through therapy that targets the tumor sites without having side effects. This technology was developed by a local Massachusetts physicist, Dr. Wildfred Ngwa, who is also African Diaspora. The catalyst program also encourages local knowledge through the cloud system and tumor boards which support countries that do not have resources to interpret results and reduces brain drain.
They highlighted the process through which the abstract committee receives and selects abstracts from around the world, including summit participants; collaboration between GHCS, Cures Within Reach and foreign governments; role of the diaspora in paving the way for receptiveness of the health programs in Africa and benefits of the collaborations in healthcare to the communities in Africa.
According to Dr. Asana, this year at the summit, top diaspora organizations will compete for the Harvard GHC Diaspora Impact Award, and their leaders will have opportunity to enhance their leadership skills by participating in the leadership training. Nomination form & info available at https://www.globalhealthcatalystsummit.org/agenda