Physician leaders and faculty from leading global health organizations - many with decades of experience as hands-on pioneers in delivering care in resource-limited settings - have joined forces as founding collaborators of the GHD Project and GHDonline.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) is a 747-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare System, an integrated health care delivery network. BWH is committed to excellence in patient care with expertise in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery. Through investigation and discovery conducted at its Biomedical Research Institute (BRI), BWH is an international leader in basic, clinical and translational research on human diseases, involving more than 800 physician-investigators and renowned biomedical scientists and faculty. The Division of Global Health Equity (DGHE) is dedicated to addressing health disparities through training, education, research and service. The Division focuses on infectious diseases (e.g., HIV and tuberculosis) as well as non-infectious diseases (e.g., coronary artery disease and diabetes) and other health problems of major importance across the globe. Through the hospital’s Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity, internal medicine residents in training divide their time between BWH and Partners In Health project sites. This model is now being replicated at other medical schools and teaching hospitals across the country.
The overarching mission of the Harvard School of Public Health is to advance the public’s health through learning, discovery, and communication. To pursue this mission, the School produces knowledge through research, reproduces knowledge through higher education, and translates knowledge into evidence that can be communicated to the public, policy makers, and practitioners to advance the health of populations.
Harvard Medical School’s (HMS) mission is to create and nurture a diverse community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease. Students and more than 7,500 full-time faculty in 11 academic departments located on the School's Boston campus, in one of 47 hospital-based clinical departments at 18 Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals and research institutes, or at 30 research centers, divisions, and institutes, advance the School’s mission every day. Within HMS, the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (DGHSM) works in close collaboration with the GHD project teams, from participating in GHDonline communities to developing the GHD academic platform. DGHSM is an interdisciplinary basic science department focused on both teaching and conducting research about the social, cultural and moral aspects of illness and health care, with a special emphasis on reducing health disparities and improving the quality of medical care. Central to the mission of the Department is an effort to address significant global health problems affecting resource-poor societies and underserved American communities. Members of the Department develop innovative interventions for dealing with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, mental illnesses, and drug abuse in resource poor settings.
Partners In Health (PIH) is a non-profit corporation based in Boston, Massachusetts, with programs in poor communities in the Caribbean (Haiti), Latin America (Peru, Mexico, Guatemala), Africa (Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi), the United States (Greater Boston) and Russia. Through service, training, advocacy, and research, and by establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations, PIH strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.
At its core, GHDonline is a collaborative effort: members share knowledge that is applicable in the field but not found in traditional media such as vendors’ recommendations or advice on interventions, and partner organizations work with us to provide expert content, services and tools to members. Our current partners are listed below. We are constantly looking for new partners so please contact us with inquiries.
Focused on turning the tide in the battle against HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in Africa, doctors, researchers and health care practitioners at the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) have been bringing both short and long term solutions in the field since 2001. Clinical Care is given to patients, using the highest quality services and practices; Research is conducted using international standards, but always informed by local practice; Training is ongoing, increasing the level of knowledge and understanding of both African and expatriate doctors, as well as researchers and health workers. Internationally acknowledged as a leader in HIV/AIDS treatment and research, maternal-child health care and studies, and cervical cancer, malaria and tuberculosis practice, CIDRZ has remained rooted in local community health care while becoming a world-renown resource for infectious disease understanding and breakthroughs. CIDRZ's team was among the first to initiate and join the Patient Adherence & Retention community.
The National AIDS Control Commission (CNLS) was established by the Government of Rwanda Cabinet on 24 November 2000. It was created by a Presidential decree in 2001. The Commission operates under the Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda and is charged with assisting the Government in determining and implementing the national Aids control policy; serving as coordinator for national strategies and for the preparation of action plans for institutions involved in AIDS control activities; raising awareness in the population on AIDS prevention and education activities and steps; mobilizing funds for AIDS control both nationally and internationally; and continued sensitization of authorities in the country to support the national policy on AIDS control.
Harvard School of Public Health Center for Continuing Professional Education (CCPE) prepares public health and health care professionals and executives from all over the world for new levels of leadership and success within their organizations. The CCPE hosts the annual summer program Building Design and Engineering Approaches to Airborne Infection Control in Boston. U.S.A, which brings together a body of technical expertise common to the control of human airborne infections such as tuberculosis (including drug resistant strains). The course includes didactic lectures, laboratory sessions, and workshops focusing on solutions which are feasible and effective for both resource-rich and resource-limited settings. GHDonline and the CCPE work together so that participants are able to find course content and discuss critical issues in the GHDonline TB Infection Control community. The community is notably led by Program Directors Paul A. Jensen, PhD, PE, CIH and Edward A. Nardell, MD, and Faculty Grigory V. Volchenkov, MD.
HUB is a meeting place and connector for those who care about transforming health systems to improve health outcomes in low and middle-income countries. It aggregates content, facilitates idea exchange, and creates community between the diverse constituencies that can benefit from, and improve access to health information. It is designed for the community, and powered by the community: health practitioners, implementers of health information initiatives, government leaders, NGOs, donors, international organizations, the private sector, and users of systems
ITOCA (Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa) is a capacity building organization aimed at enhancing information and communications technology (ICT) skills for African librarians, information specialists, scientists, researchers and students in Sub-Sahara Africa. ITOCA spearheads programme support for TEEAL (The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library, Cornell University 's Albert R. Mann Library), AGORA, HINARI and OARE in the region. As a partner, ITOCA provides an introduction to GHDonline communities during its HINARI training and support programmes throughout Africa.
Produced by the publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal Watch is a subscription-based surveillance service that provides focused summaries of more than 300 of the top medical and scientific journals to physicians and health professionals. Journal Watch editors are both practicing physicians and thought leaders in their fields. Journal Watch helps physicians and healthcare professionals save time and stay informed by providing brief, clearly written, clinically focused summaries in 13 specialties on the medical developments that affect practice as well as insightful commentary that put the research in perspective for the practicing clinician. GHDonline and Journal Watch work together to further their missions of democratizing access to critical medical information to professionals in lower income countries by sharing content, and, whenever possible, by connecting experts in respective networks to further collaborate.
Set up by World Health Organization together with major publishers in 2002, the Health Access to Research programme (HINARI) provides free or very low-cost access to more than 6,500 online journals in biomedical, health, and related social sciences to local, non-profit institutions in developing countries. With over five million articles downloaded in 2008, the HINARI website serves as a gateway for institutions’ librarians and staff to sign in and access full-text articles as found in publisher partners' websites. More than 4,000 institutions in over 100 eligible countries have already benefited from the use of HINARI.
As part of a USAID-funded initiative to support TB control in high-burden countries, PATH and the Global Health Delivery Project are joining forces to increase the reach and depth of knowledge and collaboration in the GHDonline “communities of practice” focused on tuberculosis: MDR-TB Treatment & Prevention and TB Infection Control. This work is funded by USAID through TASC2 Task Order 2, Contract Number GHS-I-00-02-00034-00, implemented by PATH.
UpToDate® is an evidence-based, physician-authored medical information resource available via the Web, desktop computer and mobile device. With UpToDate, physicians can answer questions quickly, increase their clinical knowledge and improve patient care. Patients may also subscribe to UpToDate's patient information and gain access to the same current, in-depth medical content trusted by physicians, allowing patients and physicians to make shared medical decisions. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Waltham, Mass., UpToDate is relied on by more than 360,000 clinicians worldwide, almost 90 percent of academic medical centers in the US and thousands of patients. UpToDate is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. Click here for more information about the UpToDate International Grant Subscription Program on GHDonline.
Support for GHDonline is also provided by The Leon Lowenstein Foundation, The Schooner Foundation, and private donors.