Making a Difference with Individual Patients-Health Equity, Power, and Dignity

By Nathan Douthit    At another session of CUGH’s Annual Meeting, Richard Horton, Editor in Chief of the Lancet, debated Cheryl Heaton, director of New York University’s Global Institute of Public Health, on the subject: Equity is the defining objective of global health in the 21st century. Heaton argued in favour of the motion, saying […]

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Making a Difference Through Advocacy

By Nathan Douthit At the annual meeting for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health this year, the theme was Health Disparities: A Time for Action. The keynote address was delivered by Stephen Lewis, former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS, Canada’s Ambassador to the UN, humanitarian and broadcaster. He spoke about, “The drama of disparities,” […]

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Making a Difference

By Nathan Douthit Global Health Case Reports (GHCR) at BMJ Case Reports can help practitioners of global health in all settings, cultures and situations. These practitioners are doctors, nurses, social workers, students, dentists and others who care about those missed by more traditional healthcare models. They seek to treat the patient but also to change […]

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A large force of health system- the medical students: have they been utilized adequately?

BMJ Elective: A new experience leading a newer perspective….The Patient-centered learning. By Vivek Podder Currently, undergraduate medical education is largely limited to the lectures or textbooks based teaching-learning approach rather than a patient-centered learning in various parts of the world. Lack of formal training for students in medical school as well as lack of future […]

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Cultural Competence in Global Health

By Nathan Douthit [I]n the…aim to produce cultural competence, one dimension to be avoided is… narrowly defining competence… in its traditional sense: an easily demonstrable mastery of a finite body of knowledge. Rather, cultural competence…is best described… as a commitment and active engagement in a lifelong process that individuals enter into on an ongoing basis […]

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