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Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 9:00 a.m. PDT

A message from Dr. Michele Barry, Senior Associate Dean of Global Health and Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health

Our hearts go out again to those in Nepal. Two earthquakes in less than a month’s time is two too many. Fortunately the epicenter of this second earthquake is in an area that is less populated.

Paul Auerbach, who is back from the April 25 quake, shared several first-hand accounts from his time on the ground, which are available here. Rebecca Walker remains in Nepal supporting the efforts of the Nepal Ambulance Service (NAS).

The Nepalese Ministry of Health recently asked that FMTs ready to deploy to Nepal should refrain from doing so as the current need had been met. Anyone interested in participating in the relief efforts in-person should keep apprised of the situation and do so in coordination with an official agency approved to be in Nepal.

As Paul reiterates in his most recent post, monetary donations will continue to be essential to sustaining response efforts and protecting the health of Nepal’s people. Please consider donating to any of the programs listed below.

Learn more about Stanford's relief efforts here. We continue to keep Nepal in our thoughts.

    ·    Red Cross

    ·    International Medical Corps

    ·    UNICEF

    ·    Doctors Without Borders

    ·    UN World Food Programme

    ·    Save the Children

    ·    OxFam

    ·    CARE

    ·    Catholic Relief Services

    ·    Mercy Corps

    ·    Nepal Ambulance Service

Paul Auerbach, MD, Stanford professor and chief of emergency medicine, is part of an International Medical Corps team that recently returned from assisting with the earthquake relief efforts in Kathmandu. His first-hand accounts from Nepal are available on Stanford Medicine's Scope blog. Auerbach is one of many members of the Stanford community contributing to the rescue and recovery efforts in Nepal. Learn more and find out how you can get involved here.

Michael Nedelman, a third year Stanford medical student, has been selected for the 2015-2016 Stanford-ABC News Fellowship in Media and Global Health. Now in its fifth year, the global health and media fellowship offers a unique opportunity for one fellow to receive 12-months of training in global health reporting through rotations at leading media organizations. Nedelman becomes the first Stanford student to receive the fellowship, having been selected from a highly competitive pool of medical students, residents, fellows and clinical faculty from across the country.

As many as five billion people – or two-thirds of the world’s population - do no have access to safe, affordable surgery, according to a major new report published in The Lancet. The report, from the Lancet Commission in Global Surgery, brings attention to this enormous surgery gap and argues that building surgical infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries is critical both from an economic, as well as a human, perspective. Stanford trauma surgeon and member of the Lancet Commission, Thomas Weiser, MD, spoke with Stanford Medicine about the findings. Get the full story.

More than 100 students, educators and researchers convened Apr. 20 at UC-Davis for a global health seminar featuring scientific experts from Stanford University, UC-San Francisco, UC-Davis and UC-Berkeley. Representing a variety of academic disciplines, panelists from each of the four universities offered their perspectives on the linkage between environmental factors as drivers of diseases, and what is needed to address complex health challenges in an ever-changing global environment.

Global Oncology, Inc., a nonprofit co-founded by CIGH's director of global oncology, Dr. Ami Bhatt, has launched the Global Cancer Project Map, an interactive database that enables immediate access to more than 800 cancer projects around the world in an effort to advance cancer research and care in low-resources areas. Developed in partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Map was unveiled at the NCI Symposium on Global Cancer Research in Boston. Read more. 

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Certainly this last year has been dominated by the Ebola epidemic which, although waning, is still very present. Stanford volunteers remain in the field as well as in our thoughts.


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