2017 CUGH Conference

Download Program-at-a-Glance here and full Final Program here

Day 3: Sunday April 9, 2017


Registration desk opens at 8am


08:00am – 08:30am

CUGH Busines & Membership Meeting
International Ballroom Center

08:30am – 10:00am

International Ballroom Center

Violence Against Women: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Promoting gender equity is an important factor in promoting global health and economic prosperity. Violence against women is a global and pervasive problem that not only results in physical, sexual, or psychological harm for women but impacts adversely on their families and society. The antecedent and moderating factors for violence against women are strongly influenced by social, cultural, political and economic factors. In many nations, gender, discrimination is still woven through legal and social norms challenging tackling this complex global health challenge. This interdisciplinary panel will focus on issues impacting on violence against women from a historical perspective as well as examining promising interventions for empowering women through intersectoral approaches to reduce gender inequities in health.

Moderator: Nancy Glass, Associate Dean for Research, and Associate Director, Johns Hopkins University, USA


Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, Founder and Director, Refugee Women’s Health Clinic; Research Assistant Professor, Southwet Interdisciplinary Research Center, NIH, USA

Ana Baptista, Coordinator, Jhpiego, Mozambique

Lori Heise, Associate Professor, Social Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

Kamila A. Alexander, Assistant Professor, Community Public Health Nursing, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, US

Carmen Alvarez, Assistant Professor, Community-Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, USA

10:00am – 10:15am

Foyer Concourse Level


10:15am – 11:45am

International Ballroom Center

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)

The emergence of NCDs as a major threat to public health in LMICs has taken LMICS generally unaware and many health systems in these countries may not yet fully appreciate the rapidly rising burden of NCDS (including injuries). Many nations are ill-prepared to provide the necessary chronic care and they also struggle with how to prevent NCDS in this globalized world.  The panelists will present available evidence on the burden of disease related to NCDS and injuries and discuss some tested approaches to prevention and care stimulating the participants to share their experiences including the challenges and opportunities to education of health workers at all levels.

Moderator: James G. Hakim, Professor of Medicine, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe


Thomas J. Bollyky, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations, USA

Adnan A. Hyder, Associate Chair, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Moffat Nyirenda, Professor of Global Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Kaushik L. Ramaiya, CEO Shree Hindu Mandal Hospital, Tanzania


International Ballroom East

Future of Infectious Disease Pandemics: From Ebola to Zika, and Beyond

Infectious disease remain responsible for significant global morbidity and mortality, and diseases emerge and re-emerge in unpredictable locations and at unpredictable times. Despite extraordinary advances in development of countermeasures (diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines), the ease of world travel and increased global interdependence have added layers of complexity to containing these infectious diseases. Although much is known about how to detect and respond to existing infections, more research is needed to predict the likelihood of their emergence and spread, and to improve the precision and timeliness of public health responsiveness. Beyond human public health, appreciating how animals and the environment affect disease emergence presents us with a new challenge: to develop truly interdisciplinary research that encompasses all aspects of pathogen surveillance and response.

Moderator: Thomas Quinn, Director, Johns Hopkins University, USA


Anthony S. Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA

Anne Schuchat, Acting Director, Centers for Disease Control, USA

Peter Daszak, President, EcoHealth Alliance, USA

11:45am – 12:00pm

 Foyer Concourse Level


12:00pm – 01:30pm

International Ballroom East

AfreHealth: A New Phase in the African Health Professions Education

Building on the MEPI Principal Investigators’ Council, the panel will discuss the importance of the formation of AFREhealth, and its potential roles in driving solutions to African health challenges from an African perspective. The MEPI and NEPI initiatives were a United States Government response to the health workforce crisis in Africa. The two initiatives have been hailed in Africa and beyond as major ventures in international educational innovations that enabled African health professional educators to generate new energy, thinking, innovations, optimism and networking in medicine and nursing education and research on the continent.  The participants will discuss how AFREhealth can ensure sustainability and scale up of the MEPI/NEPI achievements.

Moderator: Peter Donkor, Professor, Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana


James Hakim, Professor of Medicine, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

Abigail Kazembe, Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research, Kamuzu College of Nursing, Malawi

Nelson Sewankambo, Professor of Medicine, Makerere University Medical School; President, Uganda National Academy of Sciences, Uganda

Marietjie de Villiers, Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Miliard Derbew, Project Director, The Medical Education Partnership Initiative Project for Ethiopia

Judy N. Khanyola, Regional Nursing Advisor – Africa, ICAP-Columbia University, USA


Lincoln E/W

The Global Virome Project: A First Step Toward Ending the Pandemic Era

The frequency of pandemics is increasing, driven by surging populations, environmental change and globalized trade and travel. Disease outbreaks illustrate that we are ill-prepared to mitigate the impact of a novel virus or prevent its emergence. Only a small proportion of viral threats have been identified. Over the coming century we will witness spillover from a pool of more than 1,000,000 “unknown” viruses into human populations. A global initiative to identify and characterize every significant viral threat circulating in the world is achievable over the next ten years – a critical and essential step towards ending the pandemic era.

Moderator: Jonna A. K.  Mazet, Professor and Executive Director, One Health Institute, University of California, Davis, USA


Dennis Carroll, Director, Global Health Security and Development Unit, USAID, USA

Edward Rubin, Chief Scientific Officer, Metabiota, USA

Peter Daszak, President, EcoHealth Alliance, USA


 Georgetown E/W

The Case for Integrating Tobacco Control into Infectious Disease

This session will explore the impact of tobacco use on infectious disease and non-communicable disease (NCD) outcomes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) while highlighting the broader economic impact of tobacco on health costs, productivity, and development. Panelists will provide up-to-date information on research and policy interventions in LMICs, with an emphasis on the cost-effectiveness of measures to reduce tobacco use, impact on both infectious disease and NCDs, and lessons learned. Participants will learn how to address tobacco use to improve outcomes in TB and HIV within the existing global health infrastructure.

Moderator: Mark ParascandolaEpidemiologist, Tobacco Control Research Branch in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA


Thomas Novotny, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Science and Medicine), US Dept. of Health and Human Services, USA

Jonathan Golub, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and International Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Lekan Ayo-Yusuf, Executive Dean, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa

Kamran Siddiqi, Chair, Tobacco Control Scientific Section, International Union Against TB and Lung Diseases, UK


Impact of the Afya Bora Fellowship on Global Health Leadership: 5 Years Training Nurses and Physicians in Africa

There are a number of clinical and research training programs in global health, particularly in Africa, yet few focus on providing healthcare professionals with skills needed to design, implement and lead large health programs. In 2009, 8 African and U.S. universities met to create a program that would bridge gaps in practical management and leadership skills not traditionally found in nursing and medical programs.  The Afya Bora Consortium was formed to meet the needs of ministries of health through a 1 year multidisciplinary fellowship conducted in Botswana, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.  This panel will highlight some of the accomplishments of the programs alumni.

Moderator: Yohana Marshalla, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Botswana, Botswana


Mabel Magowe, Lecturer, University of Botswana School of Nursing, Botswana

Ramadhani Abdallah Noor, Research Associate, Africa Academy for Public Health, Tanzania

Evaline Lang’at, Chair, Research Coordinating Unit, Ministry of Health, Kilifi County Government, Kenya

Alexander Billioux, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Department of Medicine, USA

Charles Osingada, Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda

01:30pm – 02:30pm

LUNCH BREAK (optional)


02:30pm – 04:00pm

International Ballroom Center

Humanitarian Emergencies from Syria to Famine: Future Challenges

Currently the number, magnitude and protracted nature of humanitarian emergencies, and the consequent displacement of millions of people is challenging existing response mechanisms and having political consequences far beyond the countries affected directly by these emergencies. This panel will address this global challenge and provide some recommendations for possible changes for the future.

Moderator: Paul Spiegel, Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA


Samer Jabbour, Associate Professor, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Richard J. Brennan, Director, Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response Department, World Health Organization, Switzerland

Crhis Hillbruner, Deputy Chief of Party, FEWS NET, USA

Paul Spiegel, Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

International Ballroom East

Advancing Health & Global Justice, The Power of Law: The Lancet – O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University on Global Health and the Law

This panel will present the impending key themes from The Lancet – O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission Report on Global Health and the Law about the relationship between global health and the law.  Speakers will discuss key themes from our Report, including the relevance and power of law to global health as both a guiding principle and a pragmatic tool to advance justice.  Speakers will examine the role of law in infectious disease and pandemic preparedness, non-communicable diseases, health and human rights, and the future of law in global health (covering topics like universal health coverage and global governance for health).

Moderators: Lawrence O. Gostin, Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, USA

John Monahan, Senior Advisor on Global Health, Georgetown University, USA


Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet, UK

Alicia Ely Yamin, Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University; Adjunct Lecturer on Law and Global Health, Harvard University, USA

Tim Evans, Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank, USA

04:00pm – 04:15pm

International Ballroom Center

04:30pm – 06:00pm


How to Tell Your Global Story (So People Hear It)

Please join the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, an international journalism organization, and Global Health NOW from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for a workshop on tips and tools for engaging the news media. Alongside global health journalists and communications specialists, participants will learn the skills needed to pitch a story, translate to a lay audience, and make both traditional and nontraditional media work for you.

PROGRAM AGENDA:      Day 1 | Friday, April 7, 2017     •     Day 2 | Saturday, April 8, 2017     •     Day 3 | Sunday, April 9, 2017